One of the most effective instructional strategies I implemented in my high school math classes was cooperative learning. Students were actively engaged, struggling together to work out solutions to challenging problems. It was organized chaos - everyone had a role and played a part in the collaboration, but boy, were those kids digging deep and thinking. Hard. Sounds great, right? It was great, but it took time and lots of hard work on my part, and the part of the students, to get to that point.

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Colorado Teacher Quality Standard ID requires that "Teachers demonstrate knowledge of the content, central concepts, tools of inquiry, appropriate evidence-based instructional practices and specialized character of the disciplines being taught." Within this element, teachers must demonstrate that they incorporate a variety of inquiry methods and other instructional methods and that they support students to apply their new learning across content areas.

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The ultimate goal of teaching is for students to learn. Obvious, right? We know this is true; we believe it's true. And yet, as Carl Jung said, "You are what you do, not what you say you'll do." What does it look like when a teacher truly embraces the belief that the ultimate goal is student learning?