PLANNING FOR INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGIES & LEARNING ACTIVITIES – VCSU COURSE

(3 Graduate Semester Credit) In this course, you will learn the importance of aligning your instructional strategies and activities with your learning objectives and assessments. The course will cover the five main instructional strategies and how to choose the right activities to benefit all types of learners. It will help you build a lesson plan sequence that supports active and engaging learning for all students in your classroom. Through targeted resources, templates, and reference guides, you will build a strategic implementation plan for use in the classroom.

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COURSE DETAILS:
  • Total Price: $359
  • This price includes a $149 One-time fee now + $70/Credit when you finish your course

  • Credit Type: Graduate-Level Credit
  • Credits: 3 Semester Credit
  • 28 High-Quality Resources Provided With The Course

CONTENT AREAS:

  • Lesson & Curriculum Planning
  • Teaching Strategies
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Course Objectives & What You Will Learn in this Course:

What You Will Learn
  • The 5 Main Instructional Strategies & Their Advantages & Disadvantages in Different Classroom Scenarios
  • Tips on How to Plan & Implement Different Instructional Strategies in the Classroom
  • How to Choose Between Different Active & Passive Learning Activities to Support a Variety of Learning Types

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Course Guiding Question:

Course Guiding Questions

How does the process of backwards planning, including choosing instructional activities that are aligned with content objectives and assessment, benefit student learning?

Great course!

I took this course as a first-year teacher, learned tons of new strategies on how to plan. I will definitely use this… resources were so helpful too!

-1st Year Teacher

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  3 Graduate-Level Semester Credits:

At the conclusion of this course, you will earn 3 Graduate-Level Semester Credits

This course falls under Valley City State University’s (VCSU) EDUC 2000 numbering system, for the purposes of credential/licensure designed primarily for electives or professional development/salary advancement purposes. This course is for 3 Credits and requires a minimum passage grade of 80%. Model Teaching is an accredited partner with VCSU. Upon course completion, you will be provided with 3 graduate-level semester credits, along with an official transcript and letter grade from VCSU for you to submit to your district or state department of education for your licensing and/or salary advancement needs.

REGIONALLY ACCREDITED · OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT PROVIDED · INCLUDES A LETTER GRADE

Model Teaching has helped thousands of teachers across the country meet their relicensing requirements.  This course is offered in partnership with Valley City State University.

VCSU is a public, regional university originally founded in 1890. Since its founding, VCSU has grown into an innovative state university, offering exceptional learning programs and learner-centered education throughout the central midwest. Regionally-accredited, including accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), VCSU offers continuing education courses to educators through private partnerships such as Model Teaching. Model Teaching’s graduate-level credit courses provided through VCSU are designed primarily for professional development/salary advancement & license renewal purposes. All online VCSU-partnered courses taken through Model Teaching will include access to graduate-level credit through VCSU along with an official transcript and letter grade.

Valley City State University is regionally-accredited and accredited by the following bodies:

  • Higher Learning Commission (HLC), formerly the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA)
  • National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education
  • American Association of School Librarians (AASL-CAEP)

All VCSU-partnered Model Teaching courses will include access to graduate-level credit through VCSU along with an official transcript and letter grade.

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Please confirm your specific district or state requirements for license renewal prior to registering and feel free to reach out to us with any questions you may have about our graduate-level courses.

Model Teaching has helped thousands of teachers across the country meet their relicensing requirements.  This course is offered in partnership with Valley City State University.

VCSU is a public, regional university originally founded in 1890. Since its founding, VCSU has grown into an innovative state university, offering exceptional learning programs and learner-centered education throughout the central midwest. Regionally-accredited, including accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), VCSU offers continuing education courses to educators through private partnerships such as Model Teaching. Model Teaching’s graduate-level credit courses provided through VCSU are designed primarily for professional development/salary advancement & license renewal purposes. All online VCSU-partnered courses taken through Model Teaching will include access to graduate-level credit through VCSU along with an official transcript and letter grade.

Valley City State University is regionally-accredited and accredited by the following bodies:

  • Higher Learning Commission (HLC), formerly the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA)
  • National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education
  • American Association of School Librarians (AASL-CAEP)

All course work completed will include an Official Transcript and Letter Grade, ready to submit to your district or state authority.

Please confirm your specific district or state requirements for salary advancement prior to registering and feel free to reach out to us with any questions you may have about our graduate-level courses.

Course Sections

Topics Covered and General Course Outline

Section 1 – An Overview of Instructional Strategies & Learning Activities

  • The Differences Between Traditional Planning & Planning Using Backwards Design
  • The Three Stages of Planning Using Backwards Design
  • What’s Involved in Planning Instruction
  • The Importance of Having a Learning Plan

Section 2 – The Instructional Strategies – Advantages & Disadvantages of Each Instructional Strategy and How to Implement in the Classroom

  • Direct Instruction
  • Demonstration
  • Cooperative Learning
  • Discover or Inquiry-Based Learning
  • Project-Based Learning

Section 3 – Choosing an Instructional Strategy

  • Instructional Strategies Are Flexible and Dynamic, and Multiple Strategies Can be Used in One Lesson
  • How to Choose an Appropriate Instructional Strategy
  • How to Take Into Consideration the Lesson Content, the Needs of Your Students, Your Own Personal Experience, and the Time and Resources Available

Section 4 – Active Learning vs. Passive Learning

  • The Meaning of and Differences Between Active Learning and Passive Learning
  • When Each Type of Learning is Appropriate
  • The Three Main Components of Any Active Learning Activity

Section 5 – Different Learning Styles

  • The Importance of Aligning Your Activities with Your Objectives
  • About Different Learner Types Including Visual, Auditory, Kinesthetic, Global, and Analytic
  • Examples of Appropriate Instructional Activities for Each Type
  • What You Need to Consider as You Choose Instructional Activities
Professional Development Course Resources

Helpful Resources & Templates Included With the Course
The course comes with 28 templates, tools, and graphic organizers ready to be used in your classroom!
These Include:

  • Objective and Assessment Planning Worksheet with Samples
  • Lesson Analysis Worksheet with Samples
  • Instructional Strategies Quick Reference Guide
  • Direct Instruction Lesson Plan Template
  • Demonstration Lesson Plan Template
  • Cooperative Learning Lesson Plan Template
  • Discovery/Inquiry-Based Learning Lesson Plan Template
  • Project-Based Learning Lesson Plan Template
  • Choosing an Instructional Strategy Matrix with Samples
  • Instructional Strategy Plan Worksheet with Samples
  • Active & Passive Learning Comparison Guide
  • Components of Active Learning Activities Quick Reference Guide
  • Instructional Activities & Bloom’s Taxonomy Correlation Chart
  • Instructional Activity Plan Worksheet with Samples
  • Activity Tracker with Samples
  • Strategy & Activity Checklist
  • Final Activity-Lesson Planning Template with Samples
  • Effectiveness Rubric
  • Implementation Observation Checklist with Samples

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