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RULE §127.325Instructional Practices (Two Credits), Adopted 2021

(a) Implementation. The provisions of this section shall be implemented by school districts beginning with the 2022-2023 school year.

  (1) No later than August 31, 2022, the commissioner of education shall determine whether instructional materials funding has been made available to Texas public schools for materials that cover the essential knowledge and skills identified in this section.

  (2) If the commissioner makes the determination that instructional materials funding has been made available, this section shall be implemented beginning with the 2022-2023 school year and apply to the 2022-2023 and subsequent school years.

  (3) If the commissioner does not make the determination that instructional materials funding has been made available under this subsection, the commissioner shall determine no later than August 31 of each subsequent school year whether instructional materials funding has been made available. If the commissioner determines that instructional materials funding has been made available, the commissioner shall notify the State Board of Education and school districts that this section shall be implemented for the following school year.

(b) General requirements. This course is recommended for students in Grades 11 and 12. Prerequisite: At least one credit in a course from the education and training career cluster. Recommended prerequisites: Principles of Education and Training, Human Growth and Development, or Child Development. Students shall be awarded two credits for successful completion of this course.

(c) Introduction.

  (1) Career and technical education instruction provides content aligned with challenging academic standards, industry-relevant technical knowledge, and college and career readiness skills for students to further their education and succeed in current and emerging professions.

  (2) The Education and Training Career Cluster focuses on planning, managing, and providing education and training services and related learning support services.

  (3) Instructional Practices is a field-based (practicum) course that provides students with background knowledge of child and adolescent development as well as principles of effective teaching and training practices. Students work under the joint direction and supervision of both a teacher with knowledge of early childhood, middle childhood, and adolescence education and exemplary educators or trainers in direct instructional roles with elementary-, middle school-, and high school-aged students. Students learn to plan and direct individualized instruction and group activities, prepare instructional materials, develop materials for educational environments, assist with record keeping, and perform other duties of teachers, trainers, paraprofessionals, or other educational personnel.

  (4) Students are encouraged to participate in extended learning experiences such as career and technical student organizations and other leadership or extracurricular organizations.

  (5) Statements that contain the word "including" reference content that must be mastered, while those containing the phrase "such as" are intended as possible illustrative examples.

(d) Knowledge and skills.

  (1) The student demonstrates professional standards/employability skills as required by the education profession and other related occupations. The student is expected to:

    (A) demonstrate written communication;

    (B) perform job-appropriate numerical and arithmetic application;

    (C) practice various forms of communication such as verbal and non-verbal communication skills and appropriate uses of social media in educational and career settings;

    (D) exhibit teamwork skills;

    (E) apply decision-making skills;

    (F) implement problem-solving techniques;

    (G) acquire conflict-management skills;

    (H) develop leadership skills;

    (I) demonstrate professionalism to include appropriate attire expected of professionals in educational settings; and

    (J) develop effective work ethic practices.

  (2) The student identifies strategies that promote health and wellness by balancing the unique challenges of being an educator with personal responsibilities. The student is expected to:

    (A) identify signs of personal stress and anxiety;

    (B) choose appropriate boundaries for a healthy work-life balance; and

    (C) implement strategies to manage health and wellness.

  (3) The student explores the teaching and training profession. The student is expected to:

    (A) demonstrate an understanding of the historical foundations of education and training in the United States;

    (B) summarize and apply acquired pedagogical knowledge and skills needed by teaching and training professionals;

    (C) identify qualities of effective schools;

    (D) discuss non-traditional settings for teaching and training careers such as those in corporations, community outreach programs, nonprofits, and government entities; and

    (E) formulate a professional philosophy of education based on a personal set of beliefs.

  (4) The student understands the learner and the learning process. The student is expected to:

    (A) relate and implement principles and theories of human development to teaching and training situations;

    (B) relate and implement principles and theories about the learning process to teaching and training situations;

    (C) demonstrate and implement behaviors and skills that facilitate the learning process;

    (D) explain the relationship between effective instructional practices and providing support for learning differences, learner exceptionality, and learners with special needs;

    (E) evaluate backgrounds, strengths, and skills of students when planning instruction; and

    (F) demonstrate techniques for developing effective relationships with students that foster mutual respect and rapport and result in effective instruction.

  (5) The student interacts effectively in the role of an educator. The student is expected to:

    (A) demonstrate effective interaction skills with stakeholders such as students, educators, parents/guardians, community members, and other professionals;

    (B) demonstrate methods for promoting stakeholder partnerships in improving educational outcomes; and

    (C) describe the procedure for handling and reporting physical or emotional abuse.

  (6) The student plans and develops effective instruction. The student is expected to:

    (A) explain the role of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills in planning and evaluating instruction;

    (B) explain the rationale for having a fundamental knowledge of the subject matter in order to plan, prepare, and deliver effective instruction;

    (C) explain the rationale for and process of instructional planning components such as vertical alignment and scope and sequence;

    (D) describe principles and theories that impact instructional planning;

    (E) create clear short-term and long-term learning objectives that are developmentally appropriate for students; and

    (F) demonstrate lesson planning to meet instructional goals.

  (7) The student creates an effective learning environment. The student is expected to:

    (A) describe and implement a safe and an effective learning environment that incorporates the principles of universal design;

    (B) analyze and evaluate strategic student grouping techniques that result in effective instruction;

    (C) demonstrate teacher and trainer practices that promote an effective learning environment;

    (D) evaluate materials and equipment to determine age and grade level appropriateness and to meet the needs of diverse learners;

    (E) identify classroom management techniques that promote an effective learning environment; and

    (F) demonstrate communication, conflict-management, and mediation techniques supportive of an effective learning environment.

  (8) The student assesses teaching and learning. The student is expected to:

    (A) describe the role of assessment as part of the learning process;

    (B) create assessments to measure student learning;

    (C) analyze the assessment process;

    (D) use appropriate assessment strategies in an instructional setting; and

    (E) use assessment data to evaluate and revise lesson plans.

  (9) The student understands the relationship between school and society. The student is expected to:


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