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Designing Instruction & Assessments - Chapter Summary
Increase your students' achievement and performance by applying an engaging instructional approach and providing constructive and supportive feedback. You will be guided through examples of and strategies for using resource materials, designing lesson plans and monitoring student progress throughout the learning process. Lessons will address:
- Choosing materials to support classroom learning and student diversity
- Adapting classroom materials to meet every students' needs
- Creating an engaging learning environment
- The advantages and disadvantages of ability grouping and tracking
- How sequenced instruction can impact student learning
- Implementing formative assessment strategies in the classroom
- Revising instruction based on assessment results
- The importance of written feedback for students
- Using self-assessment and peer assessment methods
How It Helps
- Offers effective strategies: Get detailed information about instructional and assessment practices you can adopt in your classroom.
- Provides examples of educational resources: Improve the learning experience for your students by offering various materials to support classroom activities and lesson plans.
- Focuses on student success: Read about effective instructional methods and assessment practices that can help your students get the most out of their classroom experience.
By the end of this chapter, you will be able to:
- Choose the right materials to support the learning experience for your students
- Better engage your students in the classroom
- Design sequenced lesson plans
- Weigh the pros and cons of ability grouping
- Set and explain instructional objectives and assessment expectations for your students
- Interpret assessment data to help shape your instructional approach
- Apply techniques to monitor the progress of students' learning
- Provide written feedback to increase student achievement
- Guide students to assess themselves and their peers
1. Selecting Appropriate Resources for Classroom Use
Teachers have several things to consider when choosing classroom resource. This lesson outlines criteria used for selecting quality resources and provides examples.
2. Selecting Educational Resources for Diverse Students
In this lesson, we'll review how to choose educational materials for diverse classrooms. We'll focus on selecting texts, activities, and assessments that fit your students' needs. We will also review outside resources you can use to enhance student learning.
3. Engaging Students in Learning
Students learn better and are happier when they are engaged with their learning. Teachers, too, enjoy their work more when students are engaged. This lesson offers you some ideas about how best to engage students in the learning process.
4. How to Select & Adapt Materials to Meet Student Needs
Many classrooms include diverse learners of differing levels, cultures, and language abilities. In this lesson, we'll examine how to select and adapt materials to help teachers differentiate, or offer support to varying student needs.
5. Ability Grouping and Tracking in Schools: Advantages and Disadvantages
In this lesson we will discuss within class grouping and between class grouping. In addition, we will review the pros and cons of between class grouping, also known as tracking.
6. Designing Sequenced Instruction for Student Learning
Planning and designing instruction is necessary for student learning. This lesson explains how teachers can design lessons in a clear sequence and gives examples of classroom use.
7. Student Assessment in the Classroom: Tools & Methods
Assessment is one of the most important things you will do in your classroom, as it drives your instruction and helps you meet each student's needs. This lesson will introduce you to some tools and methods for assessment.
8. The Role of Instructional Objectives in Student Assessments
In this lesson, we'll define the term 'instructional objectives' and discuss their role in the assessment process. In addition, we'll differentiate between formative and summative assessments.
9. Designing Student Assessments with Clear Expectations
Educational assessments are essential in a successful classroom. So how do you create effective assessments? This lesson discusses the designing of assessments with clear expectations.
10. What is Formative Assessment? - Strategies & Examples
Formative assessment can help teachers plan the most effective instruction. In this lesson, you'll learn what formative assessments are, why they are important, and multiple strategies that you can implement in the classroom.
11. Benefits of Using Assessment Data to Drive Instruction
Assessments are powerful tools that can give you precise data about student learning. Using that data to drive instruction is incredibly important for effective teaching. This lesson will detail some benefits of using data to drive instruction.
12. Monitoring Student Learning in the Classroom
Effective teachers keep a close eye on student progress and use several strategies for adjusting instructional activities when needed. This lesson reviews methods of monitoring student learning in the classroom and shows them in action.
13. Giving Written Feedback to Students: Examples & Overview
This lesson will illustrate the importance of providing students written feedback and explain how to do this in the way that most impacts student achievement.
14. Student Self-Assessment & Peer Assessment
Student self-assessment and peer assessment are useful tools to help students learn important reflection and critical thinking skills. This lesson will review how self-assessment and peer assessment can be used in your classroom.
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Other chapters within the Using Danielson's Framework for Teaching in the Classroom course
- Introduction to Danielson's Framework for Teaching
- Knowledge of Content & Pedagogy
- Student Development & Learning
- Setting Instructional Outcomes
- Creating & Managing a Classroom Environment
- Managing Student Behavior & Communication
- Using Questioning & Discussion Techniques in Teaching
- Engaging Students in the Learning Process
- Flexible, Responsive & Reflective Teaching
- Maintaining Accurate Records in the Classroom
- Communicating with Students' Families
- Growing & Developing Professionally as an Educator