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Teaching for Understanding

A teaching method that focuses on the process of understanding as the goal of learning rather than simply the development of specific skills. It focuses on forming connections and seeing relationships among facts procedures concepts and principles and between prior and new knowledge.

Team Teaching

A teaching method in which two or more teachers teach the same subjects or theme. The teachers may alternate teaching the entire group or divide the group into sections or classes that rotate between the teachers.


In education a branch of knowledge based on the development and implementation of computers software and other technical tools and the assessment and evaluation of students educational outcomes resulting from their use of technology tools.


Teacher Education Council of State Colleges and Universities


A system of due process and employment guarantee for teachers. After serving a two-year probationary period, teachers are assured continued employment in the school district unless carefully defined procedures for dismissal or layoff are successfully followed. (Ed Source)

Thematic Units

A unit of study that has lessons focused on a specific theme, sometimes covering all core subject areas. It is often used as an alternative approach to teaching history or social studies chronologically.

Title 1

A federal program that provides funds to improve the academic achievement for educationally disadvantaged students who score below the 50th percentile on standardized tests, including the children of migrant workers. (Ed Source)


A common instructional practice of organizing student in groups based on their academic skills. Tracking allows a teacher to provide the same level of instruction to the entire group.

Traditional Assessment

An assessment in which students select responses from a multiple-choice list a true/false list or a matching list. (Compare to alternative assessment.)

Traditional Calendar

School starts in September and ends in June for a total of 180 days of instruction.