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Demonstration of Illinois Professional Teaching Standards:
1. Content Knowledge:  The teacher understands the central concepts, methods of inquiry, and structures of the discipline(s) and creates learning experiences that make the content meaningful to all students.
2. Human Development and Learning:  The teacher understands how individuals grow, develop and learn and provides learning opportunities that support the intellectual, social, and personal development of all students.
3. Diversity:  The teacher understands how students differ in their approaches to learning and creates instructional opportunities that are adapted to diverse learners.
4. Planning for Instruction:  The teacher understands instructional planning and designs instruction based upon knowledge of the discipline, students, the community, and curriculum goals.
5. Learning Environment: The teacher uses an understanding of individual and group motivation and behavior to create a learning environment that encourages positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation.
6. Instructional Delivery:  The teacher understands and uses a variety of instructional strategies to encourage students' development of critical thinking, problem solving, and performance skills.
7. Communication: The teacher uses knowledge of effective written, verbal, nonverbal, and visual communication techniques to foster active inquiry, collaboration, and supportive interaction in the classroom.
8. Assessment: The teacher understands various formal and informal assessment strategies and uses them to support the continuous development of all students.
9. Collaborative Relationships: The teacher understands the role of the community in education and develops and maintains collaborative relationships with colleagues, parents/guardians, and the community to support student learning and well-being.
10. Reflection and Professional Growth: The teacher is a reflective practitioner who continually evaluates how choices and actions affect students, parents, and other professionals in the learning community and actively seeks opportunities to grow professionally.
11. Professional Conduct and Leadership: The teacher understands education as a profession, maintains standards of professional conduct, and provides leadership to improve student learning and well-being.

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