MAT Learning Aims

The learning aims for Loyola's teacher education program are as follows:

INTASC Principles by Domain; Interstate New Teachers Assessment and Support Consortium

DOMAIN 1: PLANNING & PREPARATION

INTASC 1: Making content meaningful

The teacher understands the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the discipline(s) he or she teaches and creates learning experiences that make these aspects of subject matter meaningful for students.

  • multiple representations
  • links prior knowledge
  • differing views/methods of inquiry
  • determines usefulness of resources
  • engages students in generating knowledge
  • students test hypotheses
  • develops/uses curricula with diverse perspectives
  • interdisciplinary connections

INTASC 2: Child development and learning theory

The teacher understands how children learn and develop and can provide learning opportunities that support their intellectual, social, and personal development.

  • assesses performances to design instruction to meet current and future needs
  • student reflection, prior knowledge w/ new ideas
  • assesses written and oral student thinking

INTASC 3: Learning styles/diversity

The teacher understands how students differ in their approaches to learning and creates instructional opportunities that are adapted to diverse learners.

  • appropriate to development, learning styles, needs
  • different learning and performance modes
  • provisions for individual needs
  • can access appropriate services/resources
  • connects instruction to families, cultures, communities
  • multiple perspectives
  • respects individual differences

INTASC 7: Planning for instruction

The teacher plans instruction based upon knowledge of subject matter, students, the community, and curriculum goals.

  • appropriate, relevant, effective experiences
  • variations in learning style/performance
  • multiple levels to meet individual development
  • short and long-range plans for student needs and performance
  • adjusts plans as needed

DOMAIN 2: MANAGING THE CLASSROOM ENVIRONMENT

INTASC 5: Motivation and behavior

The teacher uses an understanding of individual and group motivation and behavior to create a learning environment that encourages positive social interaction, active engagements in learning, and self-motivation.

  • student responsibility for themselves/each other
  • considers student interests, learning choices
  • organizes time, space activities
  • establishes set procedures to effectively use class time
  • shared values for positive environment

DOMAIN 3: INSTRUCTION & ASSESSMENT

INTASC 1: Making content meaningful

The teacher understands the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the discipline(s) he or she teaches and creates learning experiences that make these aspects of subject matter meaningful for students.

  • multiple representations
  • links prior knowledge
  • differing views/methods of inquiry
  • determines usefulness of resources
  • engages students in generating knowledge
  • students test hypotheses
  • develops/uses curricula with diverse perspectives
  • interdisciplinary connections

INTASC 4: Instructional strategies/ problem solving

The teacher understands and uses a variety of instructional strategies to. encourage students’ development of critical thinking, problem solving, and performance skills.

  • alternative strategies for different needs
  • teaching/learning strategies for active learning
  • monitors/adjusts in response to learner
  • teacher role varies
  • variety of presentations/representations for diverse perspectives and critical thinking

INTASC 6: Communication/knowledge

The teacher uses knowledge of effective verbal, nonverbal and media communication techniques to foster active inquiry, collaboration, and supportive interaction in the classroom.

  • models effective communication strategies
  • expands learner expression in speaking, writing, media
  • questions differently for different purposes
  • communication sensitive to differences
  • uses variety of media/technology

INTASC 8: Assessment

The teacher understands and uses formal and informal assessment strategies to evaluate and ensure the continuous intellectual, social, and physical development of the learner.

  • variety of assessments to evaluate students
  • solicits info from parents, colleagues, students
  • encourages self-assessment and goal setting
  • evaluates effect of activities on individuals/class
  • monitors and adjusts own strategies
  • maintains records of student performance
  • communicates student progress responsibly

DOMAIN 4: PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITES AND PERSONAL DISPOSITIONS

INTASC 9: Professional growth/reflection

The teacher is a reflective practitioner who continually evaluates the effects of his or her choices and actions on others (students, parents, and other professionals in the learning community) and who actively seeks out opportunities to grow professionally.

  • evaluates teaching/learning outcomes
  • revises activities based on reflection
  • seeks out professional literature/development
  • interacts with other professionals for new ideas and problem solving

INTASC 10: Interpersonal relationships

The teacher fosters relationships with school colleagues, parents, and agencies in the larger community to support students’ learning and well being.

  • participates in collegial activities
  • makes links with the learners’ other environments
  • uses community resources to foster learning
  • respectful/productive relationships with parents
  • talks with/listens to students in sensitive/responsive manner
  • student advocate