Unit of Instruction Support: How can we become more strategic in our lesson planning to incorporate instructional strategies?
While we all have a toolkit full of instructional strategies that we feel comfortable with or that seem to fit with our daily lessons, are we taking the time to make sure these instructional strategies align to our objective and assessments being taught. Through some weekend reading, I stumbled across an article, The Power of Strategy Instruction written by Stephen D. Luke, Ed.D. Below is a small snippet of the article that seemed to lend itself nicely to the importance of planning instructional strategies.
“If you’ve ever played the game of chess, chances are you used a fairly unsophisticated approach when first making your way around the board. It’s also likely that basic tactics quickly emerged after just a few games-moves that were at first aimless and erratic became much more planned and organized. You may have even found yourself thinking several moves ahead, beginning to develop a strategy. Some obvious strategies may have easily become part of your regular chess-playing arsenal. Other, more advanced strategies, however, may not develop without additional training or lots of practice. It’s always a good idea to have a plan of attack-and not just for chess. When it comes to teaching and learning, having a plan-or strategy- is definitely the way to go.”
Planning weekly lesson plans, or units, challenge us as educators to incorporate sound instructional strategies that will engage our students in what we are teaching. We know that a student learns best when they are engaged in the material or content and think that it relates to the real-world. Below are some resources for finding instructional strategies along with both Marzano and Knight’s instructional strategies. These can be resources and tools throughout unit and daily lesson planning.
Staff Development & Instructional Strategies by OETC Professional Learning Communities
Glossary of Instructional Strategies
Intel’s Instructional Strategies
Mathwire Instructional Strategies
Resources for Teachers – Instructional Strategies
Post by: Jessica Broadbent | Westview Instructional Coach
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