What Is an Instructional Plan for Classroom Teachers?

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Teachers have the challenging task of conveying information to a room full of students with varying learning styles. The teacher is typically assigned a curriculum guide containing the set of information the class is expected to learn. Teachers create instructional plans to outline the methods for teaching each lesson with activities and a list of the necessary resources.

Lesson Objective

  • Target the essential focus of the lesson you plan to teach. You may have a lesson that illustrates the wisdom of the American colonists by preparing for invasion with the minute-men on standby. The lesson may be on helpful tricks for multiplying by nine. Identifying the lesson objective provides a reference to check all instructional plan elements again to determine if they will aid the students in learning the lesson. Gear activities to the objective.

Learning Styles

  • Incorporate instructional plan activities and props that accommodate all the learning styles of your students. Bring dress-up clothes and toy muskets for teaching colonial history to hands-on learners. Read the text of the lesson as a guide for acting out the story events. Bring posters outlining the steps to multiplication tricks for visual learning aid. Use Power Point presentations and brief whiteboard illustrations and lecturing to draw in students with visual and auditory learning styles.

Resources

  • Gather resources from school and the community to create instructional plans. Check the school and municipal libraries for books, audio presentations and films on your lesson subject. Check the municipal library calendar for presentations you want your students to attend. Use historical landmarks and learning centers like the museum of science and nature or the site of a historical battle as instructional plan elements. Many communities preserve the homes and businesses of prominent settlers for historical value.

Assess Learning

  • Traditional testing does not accommodate the social backgrounds of all students. Incorporate instructional plan assignments that require student to display their understanding of the lesson objective. Ask groups of students to create a newspaper story, radio news dialogue or a documentary for television with actors in costume. Have each group present their creation to the class for critique of the content. Take note of the information presented and knowledge behind critical remarks.

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