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Planning Powerful Instruction, Grades 6-12
7 Must-Make Moves to Transform How We Teach--and How Students Learn



November 2019 | 296 pages | Corwin

Are you ready to plan your best lessons ever?

With so many demands and so much content available for teachers, we need to put a higher value on an often-overlooked skill: planning learning experiences that will both engage and inspire our students, by design, over time.

Planning Powerful Instruction is your go-to guide for transforming student outcomes through stellar instructional planning. Its seven-step framework—the EMPOWER model—gives you techniques proven to help students develop true insight and understanding. You’ll have at your fingertips:

  • the real reasons why students engage—and what you must do to ensure they do
  • a framework to help you create, plan, and teach the most effective units and lessons in any subject area
  • more than 50 actionable strategies to incorporate right away
  • suggestions for tailoring units for a wide range of learners
  • downloadable, ready-to-go tools for planning and teaching

Whether you are a classroom teacher, an instructional leader, or a pre-service teacher, Planning Powerful Instruction will forever change the way you think about how you teach and the unique value you bring to your learners.


 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
Introduction
 
PART 1: TRANSFORMATIVE PLANNING AND INSTRUCTION
 
Chapter 1. What’s at Stake? Teaching Toward Expertise— With a Sense of Urgency
 
Chapter 2. Making the Shift From Informational to Transformational Teaching
 
Chapter 3. Introduction to the EMPOWER Canvas
 
PART 2: ENVISIONING AND MAPPING
 
Chapter 4. Envisioning the Destination Through Principled Planning Protocols
 
Chapter 5. Mapping the Path to Mastery Through Task Deconstruction
 
PART 3: PRIMING AND ORIENTING
 
Chapter 6. Priming Learners Through Caring Community and Collaborative Classroom Culture: A Prerequisite “Must-Make Move” for ICA
 
Chapter 7. Framing the Future Challenge: Priming and Orienting Learning Through Essential Questions
 
Chapter 8. Preparing Students for Success: Priming and Orienting Learning Through Frontloading
 
PART 4: WALKING THROUGH, EXTENDING, AND EXPLORING
 
Chapter 9. Seeing Is Believing—and Understanding: Walking Students Through With Visualization Strategies
 
Chapter 10. Navigating New Terrain: Walking Students Through With Think-Aloud Strategies
 
Chapter 11. The Quest Is to Powerfully Question! Walking Students Through Expert Questioning Strategies
 
Chapter 12. Setting Up Learners for Successful Collaboration: Walking Through and Extending Expertise With Collaborative Group Structures
 
Chapter 13. To Speak, to Be Heard, to Listen, and to Learn: Extending Expertise With Discussions That Promote Deeper Understanding
 
PART 5: REFLECTING
 
Chapter 14. Moving Into the Future: Reflecting Through Assessments for and as Learning
 
Chapter 15. Bringing It All Together: Extending, Exploring, and Reflecting Through Culminating Projects and Assessments
 
Concluding Thoughts
 
References and Resources
 
Index

Free resources

Questioning Move 1: Three-Level Questioning Guide

Questioning Move 1: Three-Level Questioning Guide

This three-level questioning guide from Planning Powerful Instruction, Grades 6-12, moves learners through the levels of literal, inferential, and reflective evaluation and application questions.

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Visualization Move 2: Picture Mapping

Visualization Move 2: Picture Mapping

In this activity from Planning Powerful Instruction, Grades 6-12, students will use a picture map to walk through the skills of (1) identifying key details and capturing the connections among them in order to (2) identify topics, then (3) identify patterns of key details in order to identify main ideas and make deeper meaning of the text.

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Frontloading Move 2: Where Do I Stand?

Frontloading Move 2: Where Do I Stand?

This activity from Planning Powerful Instruction, Grades 6-12, primes and orients students through discussion of controversial concepts that they will explore in the unit. Students also practice complex processes like making claims, supporting reasoning with evidence, listening and mirroring, summarizing, and addressing opposing viewpoints and reservations to their own thinking.

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Traditional Teaching and Transformational Teaching: The Pedagogy of EMPOWERment

Traditional Teaching and Transformational Teaching: The Pedagogy of EMPOWERment

In this excerpt from Planning Powerful Instruction, Grades 6-12, the authors clearly define the difference between traditional or informational teaching and transformational teaching or the pedagogy of EMPOWERment.

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