The Advantages and Needs of INTASC
Standards for Pre-Service Teachers
The Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC) was founded
by a number of education organizations such as the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), committees
of practicing teachers, teachers, and school leaders. INTASC is a list of standards
that explains what every teacher should know and be able to do in order to teach effectively.
It is used as the foundation for many teacher preparation programs. There are ten categories that make up these INTASC
standards, each of which are essential for educators to incorporate.
The first and second standards include being competent in the subject area and understanding how children learn.
If teachers are knowledgeable of their subject they will be able to provide a more detailed explanation to their students.
As a result, the students will learn more. Understanding how children learn will allow the teacher to provide instructional
strategies that will ensure better learning experiences for all students.
The third standard includes understanding how students differ in their approaches to learning. Pre-service teachers
need to know that all students are different in the ways they obtain knowledge. Understanding the several different approaches
to learning will allow for diverse learners to be successful in the classroom.
The fourth standard includes using a variety of instructional strategies when instructing. The advantage of
providing several different methods of instruction is that all students, no matter how different they learn, will attain an
understanding of the lesson being taught. All types of learners will have an opportunity to achieve when their teacher is
using many different instructional strategies. When students are being taught in a way that best suits their learning style,
they become more involved in the lesson and are more likely to be successful in the given task.
The fifth standard includes using individual and group motivation. A teacher who uses an understanding of individual
and group motivation creates a learning environment that encourages positive social interaction among the students. It also
allows for active engagement in the learning process and self-motivation. Some students learn better when working individually,
while others learn better when working in groups. By allowing students to engage in both types of learning, the teacher is
serving both types of learners.
The sixth standard includes using effective communication and technology. Teachers who use clear verbal and
nonverbal communication provide a more comprehensible atmosphere for students. They also promote supportive interaction in
The seventh and eighth standards include planning for instruction and using formal and informal assessments.
A benefit of planning for instruction is that by doing so, a teacher will maintain a constant flow in his or her instruction.
An advantage of using formal and informal assessments is to be able to evaluate and ensure continuous intellectual development
from the students.
The ninth standard includes reflecting and seeking opportunities to grow professionally. By reflecting, the
teacher will be able to assess what he or she is doing and may need to make the necessary adjustments. For example, a teacher
may reflect on how he or she taught a lesson the previous day and may notice that many of the students did not grasp the concept
being taught. As a result, this teacher can make changes in the way he or she teaches the next lesson. Teachers who look for
opportunities to grow professionally will have more to offer their students because they would have more knowledge than their
The tenth standard includes collaborating and forming relationships with colleagues, parents and agencies in
the community. The advantage of collaborating with theses individuals is being able to obtain the support needed to educate
the students. For example, parents usually know more about their children because they are with them most of the time. Therefore,
parents will be able to provide helpful hints on the students’ interests that may be beneficial to the teacher. The
teacher can use these hints to provide more stimulating and intriguing lessons for the students that match their unique interests.
In conclusion, INTASC standards are very much necessary to truly be effective in the classroom. It is vital
the every teacher abide by the ten principles listed as the INTASC standards because these standards will ensure effective
teaching, as well as effective learning from the students.