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Instructional Planning for Effective Teaching

Cultivate meaningful learning schoolwide. Taking a practical approach to instructional planning, the authors outline research-based planning tools and illustrate how teachers, leaders, and administrators can use these tools in everyday practice. Discover powerful strategies and guidelines for developing quality lessons, setting learning objectives, planning differentiated instruction, and designing technology-integrated learning to effectively teach and challenge every student.


  • Explore specific planning methods to foster growth and development in teachers and students.
  • Consider research that establishes the effectiveness of instructional planning strategies and methods.
  • Discover how to move from research to practice in delivering effective planning and instruction.
  • Access ready-to-use handouts to immediately implement proven planning methods and strategies.
  • Review principles for planning instructional practices as a team.

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Part I: Strategies for Unit and Lesson Planning
Chapter 1: Tactical Planning for Building Better Unit and Lesson Plans
Chapter 2: Setting Learning Objectives
Chapter 3: Organizing Learning Activities
Chapter 4: Selecting Meaningful and Purposeful Learning Materials
Chapter 5: Using Student Learning Data for Planning
Chapter 6: Designing Engaging Opening and Closing Activities

Part II: Strategies for Effective Instructional Planning
Chapter 7: Strategic Planning for Teachers
Chapter 8: Planning Differentiated Instruction for Gifted and High-Ability Learners
Chapter 9: Planning Differentiated Instruction for Struggling Learners
Chapter 10: Planning for Cross-Disciplinary Instruction
Chapter 11: Planning for Technology-Integrated Learning
Chapter 12: Team Planning


Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Chapter 11

Chapter 12

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