NetAPT Module 5: Knowledge Construction

In Module 5, participants consider ways to support students as they construct knowledge in content areas. Where there will be commonalities in the methods regardless of subject area, participants will read, watch, and engage in specific content resources. 

Module 5 competencies include:

    • Utilize visuals to prepare students for the upcoming lesson, including purpose and organization. 

    • Provide a lesson summary through visual representation. 

    • Present new concepts in multiple ways (i.e., example, illustration, labeled diagram, analogy). 

    • Integrate time for activating schema and prior knowledge. 

    • Highlight key concepts that connect to broad concepts. 

    • Communicate content clearly and concisely.

    • Use lesson sequencing and segmenting to develop understanding. 

    • Present only essential content information. 

    • Refrain from inclusion of irrelevant and/or confusing details. 

    • Teach content that is accurate and illustrates strong content knowledge.

    • Identify subject-specific instructional strategies. 

    • Integrate subject-specific strategies that support student learning. 

    • Design activities/choose materials that require students to use a variety of thinking skills. 

    • Integrate activities that promote reflection.

    • Identify questions based upon type: literal, inferential, or critical.

    • Generate three different question types that integrate with lesson content.

    • Balance various question types appropriately during instruction. 

    • Ensure questions align with content standards and objectives. 

    • Ask questions throughout the lesson.

    • Question format is appropriate for content and context. 

    • Utilize multiple strategies for asking questions.

    • Provide opportunities for students to generate questions based on lesson content.

    • Teach students how to generate inquiry-based questions. 

    • Teach analytical thinking skills. 

    • Integrate opportunities for students to analyze and compare.  

    • Integrate opportunities for students to evaluate and explain.

    • Teach practical thinking skills.  

    • Integrate opportunities for students to use and apply knowledge in authentic situations. 

    • Teach creative thinking skills.  

    • Integrate opportunities for students to think beyond the ordinary by creating, designing, and imagining. 

    • Teach research-based thinking.  

    • Integrate opportunities for students to investigate various ideas and solutions. 

    • Integrate diverse perspectives and ideas during instruction.  

    • Require students to take multiple perspectives when considering problems/situations.

    • Engage students in a variety of problem-solving activities. 

    • Describe the components of effective feedback.  

    • Explain how effective feedback can increase student motivation, learning, and growth.  

    • Use high quality feedback.

    • Explain the purpose of providing feedback during multiple junctures in the learning process (guided practice, independent practice, assessment, etc.) 

    • Provide varied, specific, actionable feedback to students throughout lessons.

    • Analyze student feedback.  

    • Utilize student feedback to adjust instruction. 

    • Justify instructional adjustments made from academic feedback.   

    • Explain how peer feedback is meaningful and valuable to students.

    • Provide opportunities for learners to provide effective feedback to one another.  


Module Assessment

Participants showcase mastery of Module 5 through 1) an objective knowledge assessment of best practice in lesson presentation; 2) lesson video reflection and analysis regarding communication of content; 3) examples of critical thinking and problem solving integration; and 4) a portfolio of feedback examples and analysis (teacher and peer).

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