What Teachers Need to Know in 2022
A lifetime of reading, research and hands-on work in K-12 education has led me to recommend ten resources/focus areas that would provide a sound platform from which any teacher could benefit. While the list it is not all-inclusive, it does represent the best thinking and available evidence from the work of some of our finest educators. Items that are not italicized reflect the cumulative expertise of several authors. If these topics have not been part of a teachers’ undergraduate preparation, they could be the focus of an individual learning plan, a department or grade level plan, or a district professional development plan.
Art & Science of Teaching, The (Robert Marzano)
Brain Compatible Learning (various Cognitive Neuroscience researchers)
Cooperative Learning/Jigsaw (Johnson & Johnson, Kagan, Slavin)
Culturally Responsive Teaching (Z. Hammond, https://crehub.org, & other authors)
Differentiated Instruction (Carol Anne Tomlinson)
Framework for Teaching, A (Charlotte Danielson)
Orton-Gillingham Instructional Model, The (Orton and Gillingham)
Science of Reading, The (National Reading Panel and others)*
Social-Emotional Learning (Casel.org/Second Step.org/PBIS and others)
Visible Learning (John Hattie)
*Information found under the heading of The Simple View of Reading is consistent with this research-based approach.
If you are looking at this list from the point of view of a person who is not currently an educator, you may be getting a sense of the volume of knowledge that a teacher is expected to have, in addition to a thorough grasp of the grade level or subject area curriculum. It was not that long ago that the expectation for many teachers was to maintain order, teach their subject and avoid public controversy. Not the case any more!