Planning For Instructional Strategies & Learning Activities

(17 Hours) In this course, participants will learn the importance of aligning your instructional strategies and activities with your learning objectives and plans for assessments. The course will cover the five main instructional strategies, as well as how to choose the most effective strategies and activities that benefit all types of learners.


  • Price: $45.00
  • Credit Type: Professional Development
  • Credits: 17 PD Hours
  • 28 High-Quality Resources Provided With The Course

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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What You Will Learn:

  • The importance of aligning your instructional activities with your learning objectives and plans for assessment
  • Five main instructional strategies, and how to choose the most appropriate one
  • The difference between active and passive learning activities
  • How to choose a variety of learning activities that will benefit all types of learners

Course Guiding Question:

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

Professional Development Credits:

At the conclusion of the course, you will receive a certificate for 17 Professional Development Hours (Clock Hours, CPEs, CEUs).

Model Teaching Professional Development Courses are pre-approved in many states and we provide easy approval forms to submit to your license granting authority if required.

If you are a teacher seeking license renewal and wish to verify acceptance of our Professional Development Courses, please view our PD STATE REQUIREMENTS PAGE to learn more about your state’s requirements.

Also, consider taking our UNIVERSITY-PARTNERED, ACADEMIC CREDIT COURSES to earn regionally-accredited units or credits, accepted by most states for teacher re-licensing and salary advancement.

Wendy Lipe, Instructor

B.S. Interdisciplinary Studies
Southwest Texas State University

Experience & Credentials:
Over 9 Years of Teaching Experience
Current Elementary-Level Teacher
ESL State Certified (Texas), TAG Certified
Experience with Students with Learning Disabilities
(ADD, ADHD, & Dyslexia)

*Course Presented by: Adam Pond

Great course!

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

-1st Year Teacher

Course Sections:

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
  • Whats 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

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

High-Quality Virtual Presentations

Our high-quality lessons are presented by your instructor in a virtual learning environment that is designed to mirror live, on-campus workshops. Choose to watch or read all lessons at any time and take advantage of our high-quality resources provided for immediate implementation of your new skills.

Access Your Courses Anytime, Anywhere

Courses are accessible to you at any time and are accessible on any computer, tablet, or smart phone. After registration, you will have access to all course lessons, templates, & assignments for one year. Take your courses at your own pace.  Pause any time and continue where you left off.  You will receive instructor feedback at each step of the course as you progress through the curriculum at your own convenience.


Live Feedback & Communication

Our courses are designed to simulate live instruction. Throughout the course, you will receive feedback from your instructor within 24- 48 hours of your submissions as you proceed through lessons and activities. If you have a question, reach out to your instructor through our built-in messaging system or directly by email or phone.