Standard 6: Instructional Planning
The teacher plans instruction to support students in meeting rigorous learning goals by drawing up knowledge of content areas, the Utah Core Standards, instructional best practices, and the community context.
In addition to planning instruction based on the Utah Core Standards, I have also
designed instruction to prepare students for the Dynamic Learning Maps Alternate
Elements. This system is in its first official year as a testing system. Working
closely with my mentor teacher, I selected Essential Elements to target with my
I created a unit on animals that targeted EE.SL.910.1: Engage in
collaborative discussions. I chose this element based off my initial observations
of the functional skills class. Whole class instruction is not a primary focus of the
program. However, I wanted to create opportunities for collaboration to prepare
students for future employment and other situations when they would need to
use these skills.
In order to create learning experiences that were relevant for the students in my
functional skills student teaching placement, I visited the post-high program for the
district. I interviewed the principal and took a tour. I was particularly interested in
knowing what skills and knowledge she expects students to have when they enter the
program. I found out that she has very high behavior expectations for students and
expects them to know what professional, job-ready behavior looks like. I took this
knowledge back to my teaching placement and adapted my classroom management
system to better prepare students for post-high. For the behavior expectations, I
instructed both functional skills students and peer tutors in professional behavior. The
expectation was created that both parties were to collaborate like coworkers.