(45 ISBE Clock 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.

  • Total Price: $190
  • Credit Type: ISBE Clock Hours

  • Credits: 45 ISBE Clock Hours

  • 28 High-Quality Resources Provided With The Course


  • 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, and learned tons of new strategies on how to plan. I will definitely use this… resources were so helpful too!

-1st Year Teacher

 45 ISBE Clock Hours

At the conclusion of this course, you will earn 45 ISBE clock hours, including a signed ISBE certificate.

Continuing Education hours through Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) are offered as ISBE clock hours and indicated as continuing education clock hours on a University provided certificate. Although offered in partnership with NEIU, they do not result in graduate- level or academic credit and cannot be used toward a degree program. These courses are primarily intended for recertification or re-licensure and continuing education for teachers in the state of Illinois.

Northeastern Illinois University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. It is recognized as an approved provider of ISBE clock hours by the state of Illinois.

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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  • Register for full access to the course for 1 full year
  • Get started immediately, work at your own pace, and earn 45 ISBE clock hours once complete
  • Once your course is complete you will receive a completed ISBE certificate from NEIU

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