Knowledge, Skills and Attributes (KSA's)
As a professional it is important to adhere to the expectations of the Teaching Quality Standard's. Quality teaching occurs when the teacher's ongoing analysis of the context, and the teacher's decisions about which pedagogical knowledge and abilities to apply result in optimum learning by students. The following is a list of descriptors of the Knowledge, Skills, and Attributes as outlined by Alberta Education.
- Teachers make reasoned decisions about teaching and learning based on their ongoing analysis of contextual variables.
- Teachers understand the legislated, moral and ethical framework within which they work.
- Teachers use the programs of study to inform and direct planning instruction and assessment.
- Teachers demonstrate knowledge of the content they teach.
- Teachers identify and respond to learner differences.
- Teachers plan for instruction, translating curriculum and outcomes into meaningful learning activities.
- Teachers create and maintain environments that are conducive to student learning and understand needs for physical, social, cultural and psychological security.
- Establishes relationships with students that respect human dignity.
- Teachers use a broad range of instructional strategies.
- Teachers apply a variety of technologies to met students' learning needs.
- Teachers gather and use information about student's learning needs and progress and assess the range of learning objectives.
- Teachers will create and enhance partnerships with parents that are purposeful and meaningful.
- Teachers identify and use relevant learning resources.
- Teachers understand the importance of contributing, independently and collegially, to the quality of their school.
- Teachers engage in assessing the quality of their teaching and career-long learning.
- Teachers are able to communicate a personal vision of their own teaching.