Teachers' Domain, Designing Effective Lessons, published June 19, 2009, retrieved on ,
Designing Effective Lessons is a graduate-level professional development course. It is designed to enhance your understanding of inquiry-based approaches to teaching standards-based biological science at the high school level. In two sessions, you will investigate biology topics, such as genetics, evolution, and cell biology as well as teaching methodologies using a wide range of online resources. The course provides an opportunity to explore novel learning environments which involve students in the research process, advance critical thinking/problem-solving skills, and develop conceptual understanding of biological topics.
Designing Effective Lessons
This course examines the components of effective inquiry-based biology lessons and explores a model of how to use them to create your own lessons.
Session 1: A Model for Lesson Design
Learners identify the common components of effective lessons and use the approach called "backward design" to plan an activity on cell biology.
Session 2: An Environment for Learning
Learners explore the role that classroom environment plays in learning, identify strategies for developing a supportive learning environment, and apply these strategies to topics in ecology.
All sessions and their content correspond to the National Science Education Standards.
Academic standards correlations on Teachers' Domain use the Achievement Standards Network (ASN) database of state and national standards, provided to NSDL projects courtesy of JES & Co.
We assign reference terms to each statement within a standards document and to each media resource, and correlations are based upon matches of these terms for a given grade band. If a particular standards document of interest to you is not displayed yet, it most likely has not yet been processed by ASN or by Teachers' Domain. We will be adding social studies and arts correlations over the coming year, and also will be increasing the specificity of alignment.