EdSe3204 Fall 06:
General Instructional Methods (4 cr)

Helen Mongan-Rallis
Julia Williams
Trudie Hughes

Course Pages

UMD Links & Resources

Technology Resources

Teaching Strategies Plan

Content Standard(s):

  • 2A.  know how to use instructional strategies that promote student learning
  • 2F.  link new ideas to familiar ideas; make connections to a student's experiences
  • 2F. provide opportunities for active engagement, manipulation, and testing of ideas and materials; and encourage students to assume responsibility for shaping their learning tasks;
  • 3H.  understand cultural and community diversity; and know how to learn about and incorporate a student's experiences, cultures, and community resources into instruction;
  • 3O.  use information about students' families, cultures, and communities as the basis for connecting instruction to students' experiences;
  • 4C.  understand principles and techniques, along with advantages and limitations, associated with various instructional strategies;
  • 4D.  enhance learning through the use of a wide variety of materials and human and technological resources;
  • 4J.  vary the instructional process to address the content and purposes of instruction and the needs of students
  • 5I.  establish peer relationships to promote learning
  • 5M.  engage students in individual and group learning activities that help them develop the motivation to achieve, by relating lessons to students' personal interests, allowing students to have choices in their learning, and leading students to ask questions and pursue problems that are meaningful to them and the learning;
  • 6D.  know effective verbal, nonverbal, and media communication techniques

Understanding (s)/goals:

  1. Understand and use a variety of instructional strategies to encourage student development of critical thinking, problem solving, & performance skills
  2. Provide learning opportunities that support a student's intellectual, social, and personal development.
  3. Understand how students differ in their approaches to learning and create instructional opportunities that are adapted to students with diverse backgrounds and exceptionalities.

Essential Question(s):

  1. How can we teach so students can really learn?
  2. How can we create learning activities that meet the needs of and challenge individual students?

Student objectives (outcomes):

  1. Identify teaching methods for each category of instructional strategies and explain the purposes, pros and cons of each
  2. Design teaching activities based on an understanding of (and using information about) students' prior knowledge, skills, experiences, cultures and communities, and exceptionalities.

Performance Task(s):

  1. Lesson plans (that reflect appropriate use of teaching strategies)
  2. Teach lesson modeling given strategy & provide guidelines on key components, pros, and cons of strategy
  3. Analyze peer teaching lesson

Other Evidence:

  • Teaching matrix

Learning Activities:

  1. Materials & resources:
    1. iPod, TuneTalk, my computer, podcast on my blog and course page
    2. Internet connection, student laptop cart

  2. Introductory activities
    1. Example podcast (link to Mp3)
    2. Review from yesterday: Why plan lessons? What were key understandings
    3. Reminder about objectives on wiki, lesson plan practice
    4. Today: when do students really learn? What challenges them?
    5. Overview objectives and where we are going today and with this unit

  3. Developmental activities:
    1. Continuing UBD planning: Examples
      1. 8th grade math
      2. Poway HS: Language arts
      3. Social studies: Tremain
    2. Structuring lesson: Hunter format
    3. Where can you find lesson plans? Google - then put top picks on our 3204 class wiki
    4. Teaching strategies:
      1. Overview purpose of this section of the course
      2. Teaching strategies matrix assignment
      3. Review of Instructional Strategies online
      4. In groups, explain your strategy, give examples
      5. Discussion of how to decide which strategy to use, how to connect to students' prior knowledge, skills, experiences, cultures and communities, and exceptionalities.

  4. Closing activities:
    1. Review on key concepts
    2. Review of next steps: planning and teaching your group's strategy


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