California Standards for the Teaching Profession: Standard One
1.1 Connecting studentsí prior knowledge, life experience, and interests with learning goals
1.2 Using a variety of instructional strategies and resources to respond to studentsí diverse needs
1.3 Facilitating learning experiences that promote autonomy, interaction, and choice
1.4 Engaging students in problem solving, critical thinking, and other activities that make subject matter meaningful
1.5 Promoting self-directed, reflective learning for all students
      Engaging and supporting all students in learning is the mainstay of teaching. It is the part of teaching that makes their learning possible. All children have a natural desire to learn; it is the teacher's job to light the fire of interest in the children's minds. Once the fire is lit, learning is almost unstoppable.
Emergent literacy is an amazing example of problem solving for students and teachers (1.1, 1.2, 1.4, 1.5) A Special Graphing Assignment: An example of a meaningful math lesson used with at-risk students (1.1, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5) A Note Interceped: One example of how motivation is integral to students' use of knowledge
(1.1, 1.5)
Summary of meetings with an emergent reader: strategies and processes (1.2, 1.4, 1.5) Penpals: Another demonstration of the importance of motivation in learning (1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5) Reader's Theater can serve to interest an motivate students in a group setting (1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5)
 On to Standard Two