Stages of Teacher Development

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  • 0:04 Four Stages
  • 0:23 Developing Stage
  • 0:57 Proficient Stage
  • 1:26 Accomplished Stage
  • 2:05 Distinguished Stage
  • 2:35 Lesson Summary
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Instructor: Marquis Grant
As Charles Kuralt once stated, 'Good teachers know how to bring out the best in students.' This is why each stage of the teacher development process is so important. This lesson will highlight each stage of the process and provide examples. A short quiz will follow to test your knowledge.

Four Stages

The stages of teacher development have less to do with years of teaching and more to do with a teacher's ability to demonstrate certain skill levels based on a pre-determined criterion. The four stages of development that have been identified for the purposes of this lesson are: developing, proficient, accomplished, and distinguished.

Developing Stage

The developing level is one in which the teacher demonstrates basic knowledge of what is required as a professional educator. For example, the teacher may understand that she needs to differentiate instruction for all learners (use various methods and resources to benefit the learning needs of all students), but not be able to execute a lesson that incorporates such instruction. While it is expected that new teachers would fall within this range of teacher development, in some cases, teachers with years of experience may fall within the developing stage in one or more areas of their professional development.

Proficient Stage

The next stage of development is proficient. Here the teacher's actions are more progressive, and she is able to apply evidence of what she knows to her lessons, to a certain degree. Using the previous example, the teacher understands the need to differentiate instruction and provides evidence to support that various resources are being used to engage all learners in the learning process. It is understood that the teacher may need additional support and feedback in order to refine her skills at this stage.

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