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Are you looking for a way to assess your teaching practice? These three frameworks can help you evaluate your performance.

The day you stop questioning your performance in the classroom is the day you need to ask yourself, “Am I an accomplished teacher?” To be an accomplished teacher in the 21st century signifies loving working with children of diverse backgrounds and abilities and exhibiting open-mindedness, flexibility, stamina, strength of character, patience, tolerance, and an eagerness and willingness to learn continuously. However, how can you measure your effectiveness? How can you tell if you’re doing well and where you need to improve? One starting point is to consider three frameworks.

Using the frameworks

Frameworks are important because they give you a background and a structure to follow that acts as support, yet you can tailor them to fit your instructional style. Three frameworks for teachers to consider as they evaluate their practice are the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards’ (NBPTS) five Core Propositions, Robert Marzano’s four-domain Teacher Evaluation Model, and John Hattie’s eight mind frames.

NBPTS’s Core Propositions

The NBPTS originated because the report A Nation Prepared: Teachers for the 21st Century by the Carnegie Forum on Education and the Economy, a task force on teaching as a profession, suggested that educators needed advanced training and support to prepare 21st-century students. Consequently, NBPTS evolved with the objective of implementing the report’s major recommendations.

According to NBPTS’s philosophy, what talented and skilled educators have in common is that they are metacognitive, they are committed to advancing student achievement, and they exhibit the traits described in NBPTS’s five core propositions. These propositions are:

Proposition 1: Teachers are committed to students and their learning.
Proposition 2: Teachers know the subjects they teach and how to teach those subjects to students.
Proposition 3: Teachers are responsible for managing and monitoring student learning.
Proposition 4: Teachers think systematically about their practice and learn from experience.
Proposition 5: Teachers are members of learning communities.

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