About This Chapter
Instructional Planning - Chapter Summary
Careful planning and thoughtful implementation of a plan is crucial to many endeavors, and education is no exception. Our lessons offer useful information that you can put into effect as you design your own instructional plan. The lessons cover the following:
- Learning objectives vs. learning goals
- Developing and teaching to course standards
- Choosing materials and strategies for instructional planning
- Implementing activities that foster learning
- Advantages of assessment data and classroom collaboration
- Working with administrators
Accessibility is key in this study guide. You have access to these resources from any device and location that connects to the internet. Our instructors and subject matter experts are available to answer any questions, and you can easily access corresponding points in the lessons from links embedded in the quizzes.
How It Helps
- Provides cohesiveness: You will develop a structured map to follow as you present content material to your students.
- Facilitates compliance with standards: Explore how take your state's educational standards into account and design your plan to meet their requirements.
- Improved relationship with administrators: Learn how teachers and administrators can work more closely together and in greater harmony with a well-designed instructional plan in place.
Once you have completed these lessons, you will enhance your ability to:
- Select and incorporate quality instructional materials
- Design and implement a thoughtful, workable instructional plan
- Align your instructional plan to state educational standards
- Work effectively with both students and administrators
1. Comparing Learning Goals & Learning Objectives
Learning goals and learning objectives are often confused. Though similar, each is distinct with its own place in education. This lesson compares the two and discusses how to define them to help students succeed in the classroom.
2. Developing Effective Course Standards
In this lesson, you will learn the definition of course standards. Additionally, you will learn their purpose in education or training and the steps involved in developing a course standard to ensure the student meets established criteria to demonstrate proficiency in the subject.
3. Tips & Strategies for Teaching to Course Standards
While standards are a means by which states, school districts, and schools ensure uniformity in teaching, not every teacher understands how to use them to their advantage. This lesson will look at how to analyze standards and use them to design activities and assessments in the classroom.
4. Instructional Planning: Quality Materials & Strategies
Teachers need multiple resources and methods in order to effectively plan instruction. In this lesson, we will discuss the importance of quality instructional materials and teaching strategies.
5. Facilitation Strategies for Learner-Centered Teachers
Being learner-centered can boost a classroom's sense of community and academic achievement. This lesson offers insight into how teachers can facilitate learner-centered environments.
6. 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.
7. Benefits of Collaboration in the Classroom
Collaboration in the classroom benefits teachers and students alike. It's well worth the challenges and resources that it requires. This lesson discusses some of the important benefits of classroom collaboration.
8. How Teachers & Administrators Work Together
Teachers have many important relationships, including ones with school administrators. This lesson discusses this important association and identifies ways teachers and administrators can work together to improve student learning.
9. Concept Mapping Activities
Concept maps can be great for helping students develop as thinkers and literate people. This lesson provides concept mapping activities that can be used in the classroom.
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Other chapters within the Effective Instructional Strategies for Teachers course
- Basic Principles of Instruction
- Teacher-Centered Instructional Strategies
- Student-Centered Instructional Strategies
- Cross-Curricular & Content-Specific Instruction
- Instructional Strategies for Student Achievement
- Tools & Techniques for the Classroom
- Instructional Strategies for Language Skills
- Integrated Learning in the Classroom
- Technology for the Classroom
- Learning Environments