Qualities of a Pacific Northern Academy Teacher
Pacific Northern Academy is a school where the child comes first. Respect for the child, both as individual and learner, is paramount at PNA. Teachers at PNA strive to ensure that the developmental, social, emotional, and cognitive needs of students are met to the fullest. Each teacher at PNA creates a learning atmosphere clearly marked by energy, joy, and dedication to the child in the learning process. Sharing their enthusiasm for teaching and learning, teachers inspire their students to seek knowledge and understanding daily.
Teachers at Pacific Northern Academy demonstrate the following characteristics:
A Deep Understanding of Child Development
- An understanding of the cognitive, physical, emotional, social, and behavioral ranges appropriate for each stage of child development.
- The ability to teach to the strength of each child.
- The ability to motivate students to be respectful, responsible members of the PNA community.
A Robust Awareness of the Teaching and Learning Process
- The ability to recognize the developmental readiness of each child and to develop appropriate and challenging lessons and assessments.
- An awareness of the importance of hands-on learning to stimulate and engage students.
- The differentiation of content (what students learn), process (how students make sense out of ideas and information) and product (how students demonstrate and apply what they have learned).
- The encouragement of critical and creative thinking and problem solving.
- The integration of appropriate technology into the teaching and learning processes.
A Well Developed Knowledge and Demonstration of Subject Matter and Curriculum
- An understanding of subject matter, current research and best practices that are consistent with PNA’s mission, philosophy and culture.
- The ability to integrate concepts, skills and content across the curriculum.
Classroom Management Skills
The organization of safe and orderly classrooms where teaching and learning are paramount.
- The maintenance of high standards for all students.
- The expectation of classroom behaviors that are fair and consistent with the school culture and community building (PNA uses the Responsive Classroom program).
- The implementation of reinforcements that support collegiality and collaboration in the classroom.
- An understanding of behavioral expectations in the school for all students.
- Demonstrate active support for and positive engagement with colleagues.
- Exhibit positive energy and motivation.
- Commit to professionalism, teamwork, collaboration, flexibility and proactive communication.
- The ability to articulate the curriculum, program and expectations to parents.
- The frequent assessment of student progress.
- Clear and concise information to parents regarding student progress.
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