EdSe3204 Fall 06:
General Instructional Methods (4 cr)

Helen Mongan-Rallis
Julia Williams
Trudie Hughes

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Lesson Plan Rubric

Use this to guide your self-analysis of your planning and teaching of your lesson.

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4 (=3 plus …

A teacher must understand how students learn and develop and must provide learning opportunities that support a student's intellectual, social, and personal development

Lesson includes strategies intended to promote student learning. Opportunities are presented for students to take responsibility for their own learning

Lesson includes appropriate strategies that promote student learning, active engagement, manipulation and testing of ideas. Students are asked to take responsibility for their own learning

A teacher must understand how students differ in their approaches to learning and create instructional opportunities that are adapted to students with diverse backgrounds and exceptionalities. 

Lesson includes clear demonstration of cultural awareness.

Lesson includes cultural integration. Community resources are brought into lesson.

A teacher must understand and use a variety of instructional strategies to encourage student development of critical thinking, problem solving, & performance skills. 

Lesson includes at least two strategies that encourage students to think critically, solve problems, and/or perform a learned skill.

Within the scope of the lesson, students are required to constructively engage critical thinking, demonstrate learned skills and/or engage in authentic problem solving as appropriate to prior knowledge, styles and interests, and that enhance and expand the students’ capacities relative to goals, standards and/or objectives

A teacher must be able to use an understanding of individual & group motivation & behavior to create learning environments that encourage positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, & self-motivation.

Lesson provides opportunities for both individual and group learning.

Lesson engages students in both individual and group learning based on personal interests. Students are able to make choices that help to establish meaning.

A teacher must be able to plan and manage instruction based upon knowledge of subject matter, students, the community, and curriculum goals.  

Lesson needs to include a clear structure (beginning, middle, & end) based on curriculum goal.

Lesson includes variety and accommodations for learning styles, and multiple levels of development. Lesson clearly ties to curriculum goals. Lesson includes activating prior knowledge, anticipating preconceptions, exploration and problem solving, and new skill building.
Lesson is clearly tied to a Minnesota Standard.

A teacher must understand and be able to use formal and informal assessment strategies to evaluate and ensure the continuous intellectual, social, and physical development of the student

Lesson establishes prior knowledge.

Lesson includes student self-assessment relative to identified objectives. [Lesson plan or follow-up reflection includes various pathways based on this assessment.]


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