The constructive reflection in this domain will center on how you use instructional strategies to communicate effectively and to support student engagement in the learning process. Your ability to successfully implement lessons in the content area(s) that you teach is at the core of this domain. In this reflection, provide artifacts of professional quality that demonstrate your abilities in the following areas:

  • Teach based on planned lessons (Competency 9)
  • Provide for individual differences in the classroom (Comptency 10)
  • Use motivational strategies and actively engage students in learning (Competencies 11 & 12)
  • Use a variety of effective instructional strategies appropriate for the content area(s) (Competency 13)
  • Promote critical thinking skills (Competency 14)

One of the artifacts may include a video or audio excerpt of a lesson.

Elementary education students must provide artifacts from each of the four core content areas: language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies.

Teaching Skills Scoring Rubric

Below Expectations
Meets Expectations
Exceeds Expectations
The constructive reflection lacks depth and/or coherence in supporting teaching skills and/or the artifacts fail to support the constructive reflection.

Elementary education – The four core content areas are not reflected.
The constructive reflection and artifacts of professional quality provide support of the student teacher’s knowledge and skills in instruction.

Elementary education – The four core content areas are addressed.
In addition to meets expectations:
The constructive reflection and artifacts are insightful and demonstrate the student teacher’s knowledge and skills in instruction; additional artifacts of professional quality are provided to demonstrate competencies in the teaching skills domain.

Teaching Skills Domain Exemplars

The exemplar link below will take you to the student teacher's personal introduction page. Scroll down and look at the menu bar on the left. You will notice that the student teacher created four pages for each core content area under teaching skills. When you click on each page, you will notice multiple artifacts that provide evidence of the student teacher's abilities in the competencies within the Teaching Skills domain.

Notice how the exemplar link below addressed each of the core content areas. Although the student teacher did not teach social studies, she provided an example of lessons taught from her practicum in social studies methods. You should strive for a balance between artifacts from methods courses and your student teaching experience.

Secondary Program:

Social Studies:


Special Education Program: