Key Assessment: Instructional Design Plan
The instructional design plan was one of the most difficult assignments I undertook as a student in the ITEC program, but it was also one of the most enjoyable. From analyzing my learner population to identifying learning objectives, designing instruction, and creating assessments, I learned what it truly means to be a good teacher. Even if I'm just planning one hour-long lesson for a class now, I run through the steps of the instructional design process and justify my approach to the learning problem. I'm also sure to evaluate the results of what I've just taught so I might improve that instruction for the next time I teach it.
Instructional Design Document
Task 1: Reading Enrichment Unit
For my reading enrichment unit, I chose to tie Lois Lowry's The Giver to Banned Books Week and intellectual freedom. Most students have pervasive misconceptions about not only Banned Books Week but also what types of books are challenged and why. In fact, students don't seem to realize that many of the novels they read in class have made it on the frequently challenged books list at some point. I really enjoyed teaching students about intellectual freedom, and they seemed genuinely surprised to learn The Giver has consistently been under fire in many school libraries. They justified the book's inclusion in the curriculum by tying it to their daily lives and discussing important lessons the book teaches. I concluded by giving a book talk on Fahrenheit 451, another frequently challenged book with a dystopian setting, and I haven't been able to keep it on the shelves since.
Lesson OneNote Section
I used a OneNote class notebook section to host my resources for the reading enrichment unit. The full OneNote section can be viewed by clicking here.