Standard 1

Standard 1:


Subject Matter Knowledge-Base in General and Liberal Education-

An understanding and appreciation of general and liberal arts including English, literature, humanities, social sciences, mathematics, natural or physical sciences, and the arts, and the ability to:


Sub-Standards of Standard 1

Explanation of when/where/how I met the appropriate level of mastery

a. Synthesize, analyze, reflect upon, and write with clarity and structure about ideas, information, and data from a general and liberal education, and the relationships between the various disciplines.

In maymester 2008 we focused on relationships between the disciplines and practiced boundary crossing strategies.

b. Understand and appreciate free inquiry in English, literature, humanities, social sciences, mathematics, natural or physical sciences, and the arts.

Free inquiry is necessary in social studies. Students need to be able to question and think in order to learn. For example in a government class, we compared and discussed issues surrounding the election.

c. Understand global and international perspectives of the disciplines.

This is explained in an attached document. standard-1-c1




d. Understand the tenets of a free, democratic, and pluralistic society.

In my government class we covered the meaning of a democratic society to a high school student and where they fit into a democratic government.

e. Understand and respect varying points of view and the influence of one’s own and others’ ethics and values.

This is explained in an attached document.




f. Understand and respect the role, rights, and value of the individual in a free democratic society.

In my government class a highlight for the semester was students finding their role in a democratic society.

g. Understand technology and its use for gathering, processing, evaluating, analyzing, and communicating ideas and information.

During student teaching, I was able to use a smart board in order to increase student learning through technology.

h. Understand the similarities and differences within our culture that support the importance of common good and responsible citizenship within our American society.

In my government class students researched and discussed what it means to be a good and positive citizen.

i. Understand the constitutions and histories of the United States and Michigan.

This was discussed in depth in my Politics of American Democracy class. 

j. Understand and respect individual differences, including the differences identified within the State Board of Education Universal Education Vision and Principles.

In government and world history, we spend time focusing on the diversity of the classroom through religion, race or economic status.

k. Demonstrate the abilities and skills necessary for effective communication in speech, writing, and multimedia using content, form, voice, and style appropriate to the audience and purpose (e.g., to reflect, persuade, inform, analyze, entertain, inspire).

Throughout my college courses, I have written many papers and given many presentations that allowed me to communicate in a precise and effective manner.



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