Proper classroom planning will keep teachers organized and on track. Planning instructional units will help teachers determine how to assess their students’ knowledge and skill development. As an instructional leader, it is not only imperative to understand the importance of planning, but also to share the information with teachers.
Allocate at least 2 hours in the field to support this field experience.
Interview at least two teachers regarding unit planning.
At a minimum, ask the following questions:
- Why is it important to plan and prepare classroom instruction?
- How do teachers work together to plan units?
- How do they use technology to collaborate while planning or to communicate best practices in planning?
- How do the teachers embody high expectations for student learning?
- How do the teachers ensure that content and learning objectives are met?
- How do the teachers ensure that lessons are aligned to the state academic standards?
- How are instructional strategies and technology incorporated into their units?
- How do the teachers incorporate the school’s vision and goals into their units?
Use any remaining field experience hours to observe and/or assist the principal mentor.
Complete a 250-500 word reflection on your experiences. Incorporate PSEL Standard 4 into your reflection, along with any additional PSEL standards you feel apply, and describe how you will apply what you have learned to your future professional practice.
While APA style format is not required for the body of this assignment, solid academic writing is expected, and PSEL standards should be referenced using APA documentation guidelines, which can be found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center.
This assignment uses a rubric. Review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.