Component 1A

Demonstrating knowledge of content and pedagogy

Quest Overview

  • In this quest, you will learn about Danielson component 1A.
  • You will read about the Danielson component 1A (understanding what it is, why it is important, what the elements are embedded within the component, and ways you can show it in your digital portfolio).
  • The explore part of this quest you will complete a write up for Component 1A in your digital portfolio. To document your learning, you will take a screenshot of your write up in your digital portfolio and upload it to My GCC.
  • The synthesis part of the quest is to tweet out a connection between this component and ISTE, growth mindset, SAMR, another education class, or your future classroom. Upload a screenshot of your tweet to My GCC.
  • This Quest should take you no more than two hours to complete at most.


The guiding questions for this quest include:

  • What is component 1A?
  • Why is it important?
  • What are the elements associated with component 1A?
  • What are the artifacts you can create to demonstrate competency in component 1A in your digital portfolio?

Understanding Component 1A: Demonstrating Knowledge of Content & Pedagogy

What is Component 1A?

  • Component 1A explores our knowledge of content area, understanding of prerequisite skills, and pedagogy.
  • A teacher must have command of his or her subject, understand the complex relationships among content areas, and be up to date with pedagogies within his/her field.
  • We must also be aware of relationships within our subject area and understand related pedagogies.

Why do we need to know about component 1A?

Component 1A is important, because teachers must:
  • Have command of the subjects they teach
  • Know which skills are critical to a subject area, and how those skills relate to one another.
  • Understand related prerequisite skills. For students must understand letter-sound correspondences BEFORE they can read a word.
  • Be aware of misconceptions students may have about a topic area.
  • Know how the discipline has evolved over time and we need to stay up to date.


Possible artifacts

Artifacts for component 1A could include the following:

  • List of content-area courses, workshops, webinars, or online courses taken or attended.
  • List of conferences attended or volunteered
  • List of conferences presented
  • List of websites visited/used related to content and/or pedagogy.
  • List of books read related to your content area or specialty area.


Danielson, C. (2007). Enhancing professional practice a framework for teaching (2nd ed.). Alexandria, Va.: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.


  • Open your component 1A page in your digital portfolio
  • Upload a screenshot of your digital portfolio component 1A with write up to My GCC.
  • Be sure to publish your website!
  • Complete a write up on your component 1A page that describes in your words and citing Danielson to the following questions:

  1. What is component 1A?
  2. Why do you need it?
  3. What are the elements?
  4. What are some artifacts you can use to show competency with component 1A?
  • Try to be original here don't just write down my ideas. Include materials that you may have from other classes.

Synthesis & Tech

Tweet out a connection between component 1A and one of the following:


2. Growth Mindset


4. Another education class

5. Application for your future classroom

6. The 4 C's

Be sure to use the class hashtag #gccedu and take a screenshot to upload to My GCC!