INTASC Standard #7
Instructional Planning Skills
The teacher plans instruction based on knowledge of subject matter, students,
the community, and curriculum goals.
[Headings for INTASC standards are taken from - Campbell, D.M. et al. (1997). How to develop
a professional portfolio: A manual for teachers. Boston: Allyn and Bacon.]
In order to meet this standard, I need to be aware of many things. I need to
understand the environment and atmosphere in which I will be teaching. Of
course, this includes being privy to my students' needs - physical, emotional,
psychological, and, of course, educational. This requires me to be plugged in to
the community, to connect with parents, to truly understand the situation.
Additionally, an exceptional understanding of music is imperative, because this
is the content that I will be teaching to the students (see
Standard 1). Finally, I must have a grasp on what I
am expected to teach. This may be set by my department chair, my school
administrators, or even school township/district/corporation administrators. A
good understanding of what I am supposed to teach will not only keep my
superiors happy but will give me direction as I plan my daily curriculum.
Lesson Plan from MusEd 350
Unit Plan from MusEd 353
- While working at Anderson East Side Middle School, I had many opportunities to teach in several different settings. In this case, I ran warm-up exercises for the low-brass portion of the sixth grade band.
- In this Lesson Plan, my abilities to plan in detail can be seen. This is a good example of the way I work. I like to write on, in some detail (yes, at times almost scripting what I am going to say) so that I can follow more easily as I work. I don't always say things verbatim how I have them on the plan, but I certainly do follow the overall design and direction of the plan.
- For MusEd 353 we created a Unit Plan that contained a week's worth of individual lesson plans. These plans were direct toward a middle school general music classroom, and included provisions for students with disabilities (described on the first page of the plan).
- This artifact contains two dimensions. First, it demonstrates my ability to create individual lesson plans (in this case, five of them). Second, it demonstrates my ability to think more broadly and come up with a larger plan of a week's worth of lesson.
School Teaching 1 Lesson Plan from MusEd 351
- John Walker and I taught the concept of the fermata at Sutton Elementary
on March 24, 2006.
- We used the song The Crocodile as our main song for the students to learn,
though we also used Mary Had a Little Lamb and Happy Birthday to convey the
idea of the fermata.
- This lesson plan shows our
planning and organization prior to teaching.
Lesson Plans from Student Teaching
- This is a compilation of all 66 lesson plans I wrote for student teaching. It demonstrates the completeness of my thoughts, as well as my ability to organize useful plans. Also, in some cases, it shows my comfort level with running extemporaneous rehearsals: rehearsals in which a plan has been created for what I want to do and what I want to accomplish, but I did not feel the need to detail every single step I will take or instruction I will give.
- Lesson Plans (3.35 MB PDF)
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