A teaching competency is a set of professional skills that enables practical teaching situations to be appropriately resolved.
TeachersPro is designed so teachers can learn taking their needs and concerns into consideration. This unique system works through Challenges, where the user chooses what best meets their needs. The Platform then personalises the training to offer the best course adapted to the teacher’s knowledge.
Each Challenge activates one of the 16 competencies and some of the 140+ teaching skills identified in TeachersPro, which cover educational practice.
Professional teaching skill: mastering the specific action in the classroom
The skill represents the specific professional know-how of the teaching profession, therefore, it implies knowing how to plan, deliver, motivate, assess, tutor, coordinate, reflect, research, etc. It assumes specific procedural knowledge (steps to achieve something) that implies action, in other words, knowing how to do something and having practical knowledge to be able to implement it successfully in the classroom. Skills can be considered sub-competencies, the result of specific experimentation and training.
Competency: Final result of the teaching action
The competency essentially consists of knowing how to suitably (or successfully) solve situations in the professional teaching life and comprises the use of skills (know-how), but also implies other dimensions such as knowledge and attitudes (knowing how to be), as well as other subjective elements, such as intentionality, values, professional ethics, etc. Therefore, the competency provides a comprehensive response despite involving many different elements. Unlike skill, competency is what makes it possible to know how to perform tasks in unique and diverse situations. Therefore, competency is shown by responding to specific, complex situations of the teaching profession in context.
Typical features of the professional teaching competency:
- It integrates knowledge (facts and concepts), skills and attitudes.
- It covers diverse and unique situations and problems.
- It is an effective or appropriate response.
- In a certain context.
- It responds comprehensively although it occurs in complex situations in which diverse variables intervene and strategic intervention is necessary.