New Teacher & New to CS
New teachers who are also new to CS may need to initially focus heavily on professional learning related to Standard 1. CS Knowledge and Skills. Beyond that, they should use the Self-Reflection Worksheets and the indicators detailed within each standard to determine where to focus their professional learning.
How to Complete Self-Reflection
Teachers should save a copy of the Self-Reflection Worksheets for Standard 1 and for Standards 2-5 in their Google Drive (by clicking the Create Copy buttons below and then clicking on Use Template) or download a PDF of each of the worksheets to be printed. This will allow for continual reference to and updating of the worksheets as the teacher grows as a professional.
It is likely that teachers will not complete all standards and/or all information for each standard at the same time. For example, if a teacher is attending professional development about equity, the teacher may concentrate on appropriate indicators on Standard 2. Equity and Inclusion and Standard 3. Personal Growth and Identity, or if a school or district administrator has asked a teacher to concentrate on learning content, teachers may concentrate on the Standard 1. CS Knowledge and Skills.
Standard 1. CS Knowledge & Skills
Because Standard 1 refers to the CS content that a teacher needs to know in order to teach content to students, separate worksheets have been provided for elementary, middle, and high school levels of the CSTA K-12 CS Student Standards with the student standards as indicators. A worksheet is also provided which includes all grade levels. Teachers should:
- Save a copy of the appropriate grade level worksheets in their Google Drive (by clicking the Create Copy buttons below and then clicking on Use Template) or download a PDF of each of the worksheets to be printed. This will allow for continual reference to and updating of the worksheets as the teacher grows as a professional.
- If a K-8 version is needed, teachers should save a copy of the All Grade Levels worksheet in their Google Drive and rename it and delete the high school tables from it.
- Teachers in states and districts that have their own K-12 CS Student Standards may want to replace the CSTA K-12 standards in their copy of the worksheets with their state or district CS student standards.
Grades K-12, Ages 5-18
Grades K-5, Ages 5-11
Grades 6-8, Ages 11-14
Grades 9-12, Ages 14-18
Find Aligned PD
Once teachers have performed a self-assessment using the appropriate Self-Reflection Worksheets, they can plan for specific, targeted professional development opportunities that will enhance or improve their professional skills based on their areas for growth.
License & Attribution
Authors: Vicky Sedgwick, Deborah Seehorn, Dan Blier, Joanne Barrett, Annette Walt, Laura Campbell, and Kimberly Smith
Suggested Citation: Sedgwick, V., Seehorn, D., Blier, D., Barrett, J., Walt, A., Campbell, L., and Smith, K. (2023). K-12 CS Reflective Teachers. CSTA Standards for CS Teachers. Retrieved from https://csteachers.org/reflective-teachers.
License: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0).