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Competency Six

The educational professional uses varied instructional strategies, including educational technology and media, to develop critical thinking, problem solving, and performance skills.

The effective education professional understands that the nature of a learning task and the developmental characteristics of the students should influence the strategies (methodologies) that are chosen and used. Strategies are selected that promote the development of critical thinking and problem solving. The teacher or other educational professional is able to determine those tasks for which direct instruction is appropriate and those for which a more indirect approach is appropriate. The educator carefully evaluates how to achieve learning goals, choosing alternative teaching strategies and materials to achieve different goals and to meet differing student needs. The educator monitors and modifies teaching strategies in response to student feedback and employs alternative strategies when deemed necessary. The professional educator is able to make appropriate use of educational technologies, including but not limited to internet and web-based activities, learning objects, research strategies, databases, educational and instructional software, text processing and publishing, spreadsheet, web authoring, and other emerging educational tools and media. The professional educator is engaged in continual reflection and learning about strategies, applications, and technology that support student learning; the educator is continually working toward improving technological and media skills, as well as other learning approaches.

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