Pirate CODE from A-Z (Part One) (Review)


academic language – language used in academic settings and for academic purposes to help students acquire and use knowledge.


beginning teacher – a teacher in the first three years of his or her career.


co-teaching – a teaching technique in which two instructors deliver instruction to a group of students.


dispositions – the attitudes, perceptions and/or beliefs that form the basis for behavior.
Dispositions for teaching include professional demeanor, professional commitment, and professional interactions.


edTPA – a national performance assessment used to determine if a teacher candidate is ready to teach.
The edTPA was designed by the Stanford Center for Access, Learning and Equity (SCALE).


feedback – a reaction or response to a particular process or activity; evaluative information derived from such a response.


grouping – refers to students working together to accomplish a common goal or purpose; also known as cooperative learning.
Think-Pair-Share and Jigsaw are two grouping strategies covered in ISLES.


handbook – the document that provides instructions for teacher candidates in developing their edTPA portfolios.
The edTPA handbooks are subject-specific, yet have a similar structure regardless of content area.


instructional coach – an educator who is hired to specifically work with teacher candidates during their internship.


jigsaw – a cooperative learning strategy that involves placing students in both a “home” group and an “expert” group; students complete a task in their expert group, and then share what they have learned with the members of the home group.


knowledge – the fact or condition of knowing something with familiarity gained through experience of association.
An effective teacher needs both content and pedagogical knowledge.

  • content knowledge – knowledge about the actual subject matter to be learned or taught; actual subject matter such as language arts, mathematics, and music.
  • pedagogical knowledge – knowledge about the processes and practices or methods of teaching and learning.


learning segment – a set of 3-5 lessons (or hours of instruction) that build upon one another toward a central focus.
Teacher candidates plan, instruct and assess a learning segment as part of the edTPA.

For next week – M-Z