Why Should Assessments, Learning Objectives, and Instructional Strategies Be Aligned?

Benchmark – Comprehensive Lesson and Summative Assessment
Objectives:
1. Create instructional opportunities that are adapted to diverse students, based on an understanding of how elementary students differ in their development and approaches to learning. [ACEI 3.2; InTASC 7(b), 7(d), 7(j),7(q), 8(a), 8(j), 8(k), 8(p); ISTE 2c; 4d]
2. Use a variety of teaching strategies and technologies that encourage elementary students’ development of critical thinking and problem solving. [ACEI 3.3; InTASC 8(e), 8(f), 8(l); ISTE 1b, 2a]
Assessment Descriiption
As an educator, it is important to develop the skills to write lesson plans that include state standards, effective learning objectives, appropriate instructional strategies, and differentiate to meet the diverse needs of all students.
For this benchmark, you will create a lesson plan that integrates ELA and math standards, with an aligning summative assessment. You may use any prior assignments as applicable from this course to complete the benchmark, provided you incorporate feedback from your instructor. Use the “Class Profile” for background information on your students to plan the lesson plan and summative assessment. The lesson plan and summative assessment must be aligned to the chosen Grades K-8 state standards and learning objectives.
Part 1: Lesson Plan
Use the “COE Lesson Plan Template” for your lesson plan. The lesson must include a variety of instructional strategies that are best suited for the lesson and the needs of the students. Your lesson plan should focus on:
• Math and ELA state standards.
• Instructional strategies that can be adapted to meet the needs of diverse students.
• Technology that supports assessment practices.
• Formative assessment.
• Differentiation activity for students identified as below grade-level.
• Differentiated activity using critical thinking for students identified as above grade-level
Part 2: Summative Assessment
In connection with this lesson plan, you will create a summative assessment that is directly aligned to state standards and highlights how you will use assessment to modify and strengthen instruction to promote the continuous intellectual, social, emotional, and physical development of students.
Your summative assessment must be aligned to the standards in the lesson plan and include:
• Descriiption of a summative assessment, which includes specific directions for students.
• Three short-answer response items.
• 10 multiple-choice questions.
• One restricted response essay question that clearly identifies the task(s) to be performed.
• How you will differentiate to meet the diverse needs of students.
Part 3: Rationale
In 250-500 words, write a rationale for the instructional strategies and assessment practices, both formative and summative, included in your lesson plan and summative assessment. How do your chosen assessments contribute to the development of students? How does your summative assessment work to meet the various learning needs of the students in the “Class Profile”?
Support your findings with a minimum of three scholarly sources.
Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center.
This assignment uses a rubric. Review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.
You are required to submit this assignment to LopesWrite. A link to the LopesWrite Technical Support Articles is located in Class Resources if you need assistance.
Benchmark Information
This benchmark assignment assesses the following programmatic competencies:
MA Elementary Education
3.2: Candidates create instructional opportunities that are adapted to diverse students, based on an understanding of how elementary students differ in their development and approaches to learning. [ACEI 3.2; InTASC 7(b), 7(d), 7(j),7(q), 8(a), 8(j), 8(k), 8(p); ISTE 2c; 4d; MC1, MC5]
4.1: Candidates use formal and informal assessment strategies to plan, evaluate, and strengthen instruction that will promote continuous intellectual, social, emotional, and physical development for students’ individual needs and employ technological resources to engage students and support assessment practices. [ACEI 4.0; InTASC 6(a), 6(b), 6(e), 6(g), 6(i), 6(j), 6(k), 6(p), 6(u); ISTE 2d, 3d; MC5]
Rubric:
• Math and English Language Arts Content.
• PLANNING: Instructional Strategies and Technology
• PLANNING: Meeting the Varied Learning Needs of Students (B)
• Summative Assessment (B)
• Rationale
• Mechanics of Writing
• Research Citations and Format
Recourses:
• Why Should Assessments, Learning Objectives, and Instructional Strategies Be Aligned?Read “Why Should Assessments, Learning Objectives, and Instructional Strategies Be Aligned?” located on the Eberly Center website.
• COE Lesson Plan Template, Review the “COE Lesson Plan Template,” located on the College of Education site in the Student Success Center.
• 5 Research-Based Tips for Providing Students with Meaningful Feedback Read “5 Research-Based Tips for Providing Students with Meaningful Feedback,” by Stenger, located on the Edutopia website (2014).
• Letting Go of Stand-Alone Technology, Read “Letting Go of Stand-Alone Technology,” by Calvert, from the Reading Teacher (2015).
• Methods for Effective Teaching: Meeting the Needs of All Students, Review Chapters 3 and 11.https://bibliu.com/app/#/view/books/9780134695709/epub/OPS/xhtml/toc.html
• Alignment in Educational Assessment, Read “Alignment in Educational Assessment,” by Case, Jorgenson, and Zucker, located on the Pearson website (2008).
• ELM-555 Class Profile. Refer to the “Class Profile” to inform this topic’s assignment.

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