DOMAIN A: ORGANIZING CONTENT
KNOWLEDGE FOR STUDENT LEARNING
Knowledge of the content to be taught
underlies all aspects of good instruction.
Teachers must use their understanding of
students and subject matter to decide on
learning goals; to design appropriate
activities and materials; to sequence
instruction and design or select evaluative
Primary Sources of Evidence for
Criteria for Domain A
A1. Becoming familiar with relevant aspects of
student’s background knowledge and
A2. Articulating clear learning goals for the
lesson that are appropriate to the
A3. Demonstrating an understanding of the
connections between the content learned
previously, currently, and in the future.
Criteria for Domain A [cont.]
A4. Creating or selecting teaching methods,
learning activities, and instructional
materials or other resources that are
appropriate to the students and aligned with
goals of the lesson.
A5. Creating or selecting evaluation strategies
that are appropriate for the students and that
are aligned with goals of the lesson.
Prior knowledge of Pretesting
subject Class Discussion
Motivation to learn
Cultural Experiences parents/students
Beliefs & Values students outside of
Number of Students cla
Lesson objectives or Objectives visually
learning outcomes displayed
Distinguish goals Lesson Plan
facts, values individualizing
objectives Articulation of clear
Modifications learning outcomes
Sequence content Connection of content
across lesson to past and future
Relate to content to lesson-unit plan.
past, present, future Set and Closure of
Fit current lesson with lesson plan.
the broad scope of the Chart of
Prerequisite learning Curriculum guides
Foster student Instruction Profile
involvement Lesson plan
Variety of methods Grouping of Students
Grouping for Strategies utilized
instruction Connection of goals,
Materials & resources methods, activities,
Appropriate materials and
Alignment with Tests
objectives Self evaluation
Appropriate & Peer evaluation
systematic Anecdotal records
DOCUMENT-Create a system/checklist to
show you are addressing each criteria in
the four domains.
WORK SAMPLES – Include as many
performance based evidences as possible.
[I did this, not my teacher.]
ORGANIZATION – Less is more – Be selective
in your portfolio work samples.
Reflections in your Portfolio
A short paragraph to explain “why I
chose this evidence for this criteria”
would be beneficial to include.