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Instructional Practice

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Objective Driven Lessons

Facilitates organized, student-centered, objective-driven lessons

I-1 Elementary

  • Teacher
    Ms. Bathsheba Nash
  • Content
  • Grade
  • Objective
    Describe life cycles of organisms.

Exemplar Video

Full Video

I-1 Secondary

  • Teacher
    Ms. Vanessa Bivens
  • Content
  • Grade
  • Objective
    Describe the resulting effects on perimeter, area and volume when dimensions of shapes and solids are changed proportionally.

Exemplar Video

Rubric Indicators

Rubric Indicators:

I-1 Facilitates organized, student-centered, objective-driven lessons

The following best describes a teacher performing at Level 3 in this criterion:

  • Teacher facilitates a cohesive lesson in which all lesson elements are sequenced and organized in order to lead students toward mastery of the objective.
  • Teacher selects and executes instructional strategies that effectively support lesson objectives.
  • Students connect lesson content to prior knowledge in order to build new learning.
  • Students explain the lesson’s objective and what they will be doing in the lesson in their own words.
  • Students articulate how their work will be assessed or what assessment the teacher is using to measure their learning.
  • Students independently or collaboratively practice, apply, and demonstrate the skills and knowledge they are learning during the lesson through meaningful learning activities.
  • Students demonstrate an understanding of lesson content and skills through correct responses in student work or by asking relevant clarifying or extension questions.

Link to the complete Instructional Practice Rubric

Reflection Questions

Use the following reflection questions to guide thinking prior, during, or after watching the video exemplar. They can be used individually or to facilitate conversation during PLCs, department meetings or as an entire faculty..

  • How can a teacher make sure that the lesson objective is clear to students?
  • What are some ways to access prior knowledge? Why is this important to do?
  • How were the elements of the lesson organized to help students master the objective?