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INNOVATIVE INSTRUCTIONAL PLAN

Your Innovative Instructional Plan should take a form with which you are familiar, but also can be read clearly and acted upon by others. Ultimately, you want others to be able to use, build upon, apply, and enact your plan. In other words, you want to create a plan that other teachers could put into action!

Your plan should address the following guiding questions:
  1. What content does your instructional plan focus on?
  2. What pedagogical practices will you employ to address your content aims?
  3. Do the pedagogical practices you plan to employ make concepts clear and foster deeper learning?
  4. Do your plans maximize opportunities to critically engage with content using multiple lenses?
  5. Do your plans maximize opportunities to evaluate learning in ways that inform instruction?
  6. Do your plans maximize opportunities to formatively evaluate learning from multiple viewpoints?
  7. Are alternative plans considered? What would need to change if one aspect of the lesson were to be different or not available?

You will use the Mass One Portal (http://massone.mass.edu) lesson planning tool to prepare a final product. This planning tool includes the following five components.

General information
Alignment to Standards
Assessments
Instructional Strategies
Materials and Resources

Each component should be completed with special attention to the seven guiding questions listed above. The tool is very flexible and will allow you to enter text in a number of places. We will take advantage of this flexibility and the ability to enter text and attach files to address all of the guiding questions. Below is matrix for how you might address all eight guiding questions using the resources within the five components of Mass One lesson planing tool.

General information
Use the "Lesson Overview" section of the General Information component to address the first three guiding questions - What do you know about the subject matter featured in your lesson? How did you learn this material? What resources did you use to learn about the subject matter?
Alignment to Standards
Use the text box or file upload in this component to address guiding questions four - What would you like for your students to learn about the subject matter? You should also include the specific Massachusetts standards relevant for your lesson.
Assessments
You should be able to address guiding question seven in this component - How will you assess what your students have learned? You can also touch on guiding question four - What would you like for your students to learn about the subject matter? Also, include detail for how the subject matter you intend for students to learn will actually be assessed.
Instructional Strategies
There are four parts to the instructional strategies component; key concepts/essential questions, 2) specific skills, 3) activities and procedures, and 4) extensions/modifications. You should be able to address guiding question five - What instructional approaches will you use to facilitate students as they work toward meeting your learning outcomes?
Materials and Resources
Using the tools in this component, you should be able to address guiding question six - What resources will you need when implementing this lesson?

  • After you have completed your lesson, you should download it to your computer. We will then share the lessons by posting them to the New Literacies Collaborative at http://newlit.org.