Welcome to the Instructional Strategies Page!

This page is designed to keep track of all the wonderful ideas the class comes up with to practice instructional strategies. This will be a very useful tool during your internship and beyond.

Part I Group assignments and instructions for the group presentations




Part II Graphic Organizers PowerPoint - Teachers in Movies info



Part III Instructional Strategies


1. Concept Formation



Student lesson plans
Andrea and Lauren Lesson Plan - This is a great idea! Couple of notes: Concept Formation is designed to make the students generate the concept. Following this strategy, your discussion after watching the pictures should lead the students to generate the attributes of the concept, and then lead them to generate a definition and a concept. No need for your own PowerPoint lecture. Add the guiding questions that will help students focus their observation to the attributes of the concept (ecosystems)

Graphic organizer

Mount and Hagler lesson plan - I think you have a great start. Develop up this lesson plan fully, and we'll make some time for implementing it in class. I'm curious to see how these work out.


Things to think about:
1. Cause and effect
2. We want the students to think of westward expansion as both a culmination and starting point for many themes of US History.

Matt L, Melanie, & Kellie R - Looks really interesting! I'd want to know how it turns out :)


2. Classroom Discussion and Debate


Group Presentation:



Jason Lintjer's lesson:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=trOdCU6aZOg

Bobby Billman's Research Link:
Death Penalty
I want to learn how you did this! Gerardo

Student lesson plans
Brandon and Tim Reconstruction Lesson:

These are the Graphic Organizers for the Reconstruction Lesson




Bobby and Jason Lesson Plan - Great idea! The game is not an activating strategy though, it's an instructional strategy (great one, I might add!)


Chris Sweno Dan Olsen - Great structure for the debate. Add state standards!



Krista Flanders, Brian Ault - This is a great start... the experience of the rock, paper, scissors battles sounds really interesting. This won't last very long, and I didn't see the connection to where content will be delivered. How did you draw connections between "minute/petty" competition in the class activity and the reasons for igniting World War I? Do you think that the reasons for starting WWI can be comparable to the experience? Suggestions: The rock, paper, scissors can be an activating strategy. You'd need to add the content of the lesson using one of the instructional strategies.


Matt M and Mike K: Health Care

Lesson Plan: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/45911048/Discussion%3ADebate_10.31.docx
Graphic Organizer: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/45911048/Graphic%20Organizer.docx

Good starting ideas - couple of questions: Why did you choose Take a Stand as opposed to a debate strategy that led students to engage each other? This topic is pretty controversial, which means that a lot of the information out there has a lot of bias. How will you determine the main points for each side? Is it wise to leave it up to the biased opinions found in the media? I'm curious about your simulation - what will happen when the teacher "goes to the hospital"? What are the students going to experience here?

Holeigh and Kristin: Atomic Bomb Discussion - Good idea! I'd be interested to see what you identify as the key points for each side.




Anna and Ryan: Bill of Rights/First Amendment - Sounds like a great idea!



Jim Mora and nn Johnson's Versailles Treaty Debate - Looks great! The structure of the debate is solid, and the sources look useful. Good job!


Energy Debate: Cameron and Phil - The idea of of the continuum regarding energy sources is great. My thoughts - I'm not sure how much prior knowledge can be expected of students on the subject. I know I'd have a hard time coming up with examples myself. My suggestion is to flesh out the ideas in a lesson, and use this lesson as the culminating activity. It would be much more beneficial because students' positions will be set firmly in facts discussed and generate a more lively debate as students take a stand on how they view climate change and the realities surrounding transforming energy sources.


This is the graphic organizer we would use to set up our energy debate. We would give it to the students when we assigned them their readings the night before. One side would be for alternative energy and the other would be for fossil fuels. This way the students would come in to class on the day of using the debate with a base of knowledge readily accessible for them to use.

3. Student-Directed Investigation





Melanie microteaching:


Lindita Microteaching:

4. Questioning

Matt Lehmann's micro teaching lesson plan on questioning



Kristen Wellman's Micro-Teaching Lesson

Quinn Johnson's Micro Teaching Lesson Plan/Reflection








5. Cooperative Learning

Group Presentation
Notes for cooperative learning jigsaw/expert groups:
lauren's lesson plan-
Andrea's lesson plan

Krista's lesson plan
Kellie's lesson plan
Student lesson plans
Pearl Harbor: Lindsey and Lindita - Great lesson! Students have to assume roles based on information given - not just on opinion or prior knowledge. More often than not, we cannot rely on students' "prior knowledge" because it simply isn't there or it is too limited. Good job!

< Graphic organizer would be used as a homework assignment in order to assess their understanding of how different groups would have responded differently to the same event.

6. Lecture and direct instruction


-- Holeigh's Lecture Lesson Plan (Roaring Twenties)

--Daniel Olsen Lecture Lesson Plan (Growth of Islam in the Middle East)

Matt Malburg's Lesson Plan (Elaboration Likelihood Model): http://dl.dropbox.com/u/45911048/TE%20407/Malburg_LessonPlan.docx
Matt Malburg's Guided Notes (Elaboration Likelihood Model): http://dl.dropbox.com/u/45911048/TE%20407/Malburg_GuidedNotes.docx

7. Simulations, Role-Play, and Dramatization


Phil Janis Lesson on Articles of Confederation




Tim Whelan Lesson on Treaty of Versailles


Lindsey Skoog--The Red Scare


Anna Hardenbergh - The Americans with Disabilities Act

Prezi: go to Prezi.com, log in as hardenb7@msu.edu, password: AnnaJune14, prezi is called Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990

Brandon Wheeler - American Democracy/Constitutional Convention Simulation