INSTRUCTIONAL SKILLS WORKSHOPS (ISW)
- ISW workshops are a practical approach to the improvement of the teaching and learning process. It is an intensive four-day workshop conducted by community college educators for community college educatorsapproach to teaching.
- Mini-Lesson Cycle Information -(Faculty ISW) (information and details below are quoted "verbatim" from UBC webpage at http://www.cstudies.ubc.ca/facdev/services/faculty/facdetails.html
The Instructional Skills Workshop is designed so that every participant presents three mini-lessons. Each of the mini-lessons is 10 minutes long. Each mini-lesson will be videotaped so that you can view it at the end of each day.
- A complete cycle through a mini-lesson for one presenter will take thirty minutes on the first day, and forty minutes on the second and third days. Each cycle includes a brief set-up time, a mini-lesson, and written and verbal feedback.
- Elements of a (Mini-) Lesson
A complete and successful (mini-) lesson includes all five of the elements below, regardless of the length of the lesson. Your lesson plan should indicate how you will include the elements in the lesson, and should include as well some indications of timing, learners' activities, teaching techniques, and instructional aids and other resources to be used in the lesson. On pages 18-20 of the manual you will find sample Lesson Plan forms.
- Five Elements
2. Learning Objective
4. Participatory Learning
- The Elements Explained
This element of a lesson is also known as "the hook." It is intended to be the aspect of the lesson which grabs the learners' attention, and provides them with some reason to be interested in the lesson, some motivation to become involved. The bridge is established at/near the beginning of the lesson.
This element answers the question "what is the point of the lesson?" It focuses the lesson, identifying what the learners should be able to do at the end of the lesson.
This element answers the question "what do the learners already know about this topic?" A pre-test identifies learners' pre-existing knowledge.
This element comprises the major portion of the lesson. It is the learning experience, designed to help learners meet the learning objective.
This element answers the question "what do the learners know now?" A post-test identifies what students have learned from the lesson.
Following Your Lesson
A feedback session follows the completion of each mini-lesson. The presenter (instructor) can best benefit from his/her mini-lesson if s/he asks for and receives clear, honest feedback from his/her "students" and from the facilitator. Everyone involved in the workshop works to create an open, caring environment which encourages this kind of helpful sharing of feedback comments. Effective open feedback includes both praise for the positive aspects of a lesson and suggestions for dealing with areas for improvement.
- A typical workshop includes:
- a review of important concepts, such as planning a lesson, increasing participatory learning and providing feedback to students
- the opportunity to teach three short lessons, and to receive constructive feedback from facilitator and peers
- sessions on a variety of important teaching and learning topics such as learning styles, questioning skills, classroom activities and evaluation of student learning
- role modeling of teaching styles by workshop facilitators
At the end of your three days, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion and you should be able to:
- write a useful, practical lesson plan
conduct an interactive classroom session
consider differing learning needs of students
use learning outcomes to organize teaching, to help students consider what they are expected to learn
use common instructional aids effectively
use good questioning techniques during a classroom session
give constructive feedback
increase classroom confidence and competence
- How do I get started?
ISW Workshops are planned for various of the colleges of the Los Angeles Community College District during the Spring 2001-Fall 2001 Semesters.
Email Roberta Holt, Chair of Staff Development - Los Angeles City College for more information.