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Planning for Instructional Strategies & Learning Activities

Course Number:


PD Hours:

26 Hours

Credit Type:

Clock Hours, CPEs, CTLEs, Act48 Credits, Others

Content Areas:

Lesson & Curriculum Planning, Teaching Strategies

Course Description:

(26 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.

Course Objectives:

  • 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

Resources Included

Course includes 28 high-quality tools, templates, & student resources.

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Includes One year of Course Access, Fully Self-Paced & Online.

Course Sections 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 Questions 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?

Credits Professional Development Credits

At the conclusion of the course, you will receive a certificate for 26 Professional Development Hours (Clock Hours, CPEs).

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Approval Information About This Course for Teaching License Renewal & Continuing Education

Model Teaching has helped thousands of teachers across the country meet their relicensing requirements.

This course is Pre-Approved in the following states for License Renewal and Continuing education:

  • Texas – CPE’s, TEA-Approved
  • New York CTLE’s – NYSED-Approved
  • Pennsylvania DOE – ACT 48-Approved
  • Montana Office of Public Instruction (OPI) – Approved
  • Nevada DOE
  • Tennessee
  • Other States As Well

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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

Resources Included 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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