Chapter 9 of the textbook focuses on the importance of designing effective lessons. For this assignment, you will create a presentation using PowerPoint, Prezi (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site., or another presentation tool of your choice to analyze effective practices in designing effective instruction for students.
Scenario: You have been asked by a colleague or administrator to support other educators in designing effective instruction. It has been observed that most of the educators have been planning instruction using a traditional model. The objectives of the presentation are to explain the backwards design model of designing instruction, to provide an overview and rationale of the process, to compare and contrast the two models, and finally to provide an example that other educators could use as a model for their own planning.
The presentation will consist of three parts:
Part 1: Effective Lesson Design and Backwards Design
In this section of the presentation, you will need to discuss the following topics:
a. What are the most important elements of effective lesson design?
b. Why are good learning objectives critical to planning effective instruction?
c. Provide an example of a good learning objective aligned with the Common Core State Standards. What makes this a “good” learning objective?
d. What are some common pitfalls in planning effective lessons? How can we avoid these pitfalls?
e. What does backwards design mean?
f. How does the Common Core State Standards Initiative (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. play a role in designing effective instruction?
Part 2: Compare and Contrast Backwards Design and the Traditional Model
In your presentation, include a visual representation using a chart, diagram, concept map, info graphic, or any other visual that compares and contrasts the backwards design model with the traditional model of lesson planning.
Part 3: Backwards Design Activity
In this section of your presentation, you should demonstrate the process of planning a brief lesson (not an entire unit) for any grade level through a backwards design approach. Your example should be a specific example that starts with planning for stage one (identifying desired results), then stage two (assessment evidence), and lastly, stage three (the learning activities). Your activity must be aligned to a Common Core State Standard (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site..
Optional: If you are interested in honing your professionalism and speaking skills, consider delivering your presentation to an audience and videotaping it (you can include a YouTube (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. link in the slides) or creating a screencast of the presentation using Screencast-o-matic (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. or Jing (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. and recording yourself presenting the information. If you choose to record yourself or do a screencast, be sure to have relevant information on the screen (such as your presentation slides) while you are speaking and include the link in your presentation for your instructor. This could be a great addition to your professional portfolio and to any professional networks in which you are involved (i.e., LinkedIn, Twitter, or any professional organizations). Such a presentation can provide you an opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge, skills, and professionalism to others and to gain meaningful feedback.
In your presentation, you should cite your sources both in your slides and in your references using APA format as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center. You must cite the course textbook as well as at least one other peer-reviewed source. The presentation should be 12 to 20 slides in length, not including title and reference slides. Be sure to also save a copy of your assignment for your Final Project and for future professional development.
Prior to writing, download and use this template: Effective Lesson Plans
Newman, R. (2013). Teaching and learning in the 21st century: Connecting the dots (2nd ed.). Retrieved from https://content.ashford.edu/
- Chapter 9: Designing Effective Lessons
- This chapter focuses on the specific ways to design and plan effective lesson plans. It introduces the understanding by design lesson planning strategy and examines how a teacher can craft an instructional plan using the backward mapping approach.
- Chapter 10: Engaging and Connecting Students to the Learning
- This chapter examines how individuals organize information in their brains and how they make meaning of situations and events. It also focuses on the theory of learning called constructivism and looks at the works of Vygotsky and Piaget.
Michael Pershan. (2012, July 6). What if Khan Academy was made in Japan? (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. [Video file]. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHoXRvGTtAQ
Rystad, M. (2013, April 7). Assessment for learning (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. [Video file]. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HcLMlY6R7RM
- This video explains multiple strategies for assessment for learning, or formative assessments, to inform instructional decisions.
TED Talks. (2011, March). Salman Khan: Let’s use video to reinvent education (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. [Video file]. Retrieved from http://www.ted.com/talks/salman_khan_let_s_use_video_to_reinvent_education.html
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- Official Common Core State Standards website.
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- This article discusses the key role of accountability measures in education and the role of performance assessments in twenty-first century learning.
International Society for Technology in Education. ISTE Standards Teachers. (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. Retrieved from http://www.iste.org/docs/pdfs/20-14_ISTE_Standards-T_PDF.pdf
Popham, W. J. (2010). Classroom assessment: What teachers need to know (6th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice-Hall.
- This text discusses the range of topics teachers need to know about assessment.
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