Melting Pot or Tossed Salad? An Investigation of Diverse Perspectives for Pre-Service Teachers

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Target Learners: Pre-Service Teachers

Standards Addressed:

INTASC Standard 3: The teacher understands how students differ in their approaches to learning and creates instructional opportunities that are adapted to diverse learners.


INTASC Standard 3.K.1: The teacher understands and can identify differences in approaches to learning and performance, including different learning styles, multiple intelligences, and performance modes, and can design instruction that helps use studentsí strengths as a the basis for growth.


INTASC Standard 3.K.4: The teacher understands how studentsí learning is influenced by individual experiences, talents, and prior learning , as well as language, culture, family and community values.

INTASC Standard 3.K.5: The teacher has a well-grounded framework for understanding cultural and community diversity and knows how to learn about and incorporate studentsí experiences, cultures, and community resources into instruction.

INTASC Standard 9:  The teacher is a reflective practitioner who continually evaluates the effects of his/her choices and actions on others (students, parents, and other professional in the learning community) and who actively seeks out opportunities to grow professionally.

INTASC 9.K.2.:  The teacher is aware of major areas of research on teaching and of resources available for professional learning (e.g. professional literature, colleagues, professional associations, professional development activities)

NCATE Standard 4:  The unit designs, implements, and evaluates curriculum and experiences for candidate to acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to help all students learn.  These experiences include working with diverse higher education and school faculty, diverse candidates, and diverse students in K-12 schools.

ISTE: Standard 3: Technology Productivity Tools

  • Students use technology tools to enhance learning, increase productivity, and promote creativity
  • Students use productivity tools to collaborate in construction technology-enhanced models, preparing publications, and producing other creative works

Standard 4: Technology Communications Tools

  • Students use telecommunications to collaborate, publish, and interact with peers, experts, and other creative works
  • Students use a variety of media and formats to communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences

Standard 5: Technology Research Tools

  • Students use technology to locate, evaluate, and collect information from a variety of sources
  • Students use technology tools to process data and report results
  • Students evaluate and select new information resources and technology new information resources and technological innovations based on the appropriateness to specific tasks

Standard 6: Technology Problem-Solving and Decision-Making Tools

  • Students use technology resources for solving problems and making informed decisions
  • Students employ technology in the development of strategies for solving problems in the real world





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