Higher Education

Planning Effective Instruction: Diversity Responsive Methods and Management, 4th Edition

  • Kay M. Price Western Washington University
  • Karna L. Nelson Western Washington University
  • ISBN-10: 0495809497  |  ISBN-13: 9780495809494
  • 336 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2007, 2003, 1999
  • © 2011 | Published
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PLANNING EFFECTIVE INSTRUCTION: DIVERSITY RESPONSIVE METHODS AND MANAGEMENT, Fourth Edition, fully equips readers to teach in ways that meet the needs of all students in today's diverse classroom. The four-part organization corresponds with a new framework for diversity responsive teaching that helps focus planning for diversity. Represented by a visual organizer, this framework helps readers see that what they teach, how they teach, and the context for teaching interact to bring about the success of all students. As readers use the book, they will find numerous resources and exercises that will both lay the foundation for their future work and prove useful as a tool that they can reference throughout their teaching careers.

Features and Benefits

  • The authors focus on planning lessons and activities that are designed to meet the needs of the diverse student populations in today's classrooms. They present ways to determine whether to write a lesson or activity plan and what to include in each, helping readers save time when planning.
  • Information about connecting lesson objectives to the state standards in both general education and special education helps readers identify content that is important to teach.
  • Examples of activity and lesson plans--which serve as models to guide student teachers as they begin to write their own plans--include plans designed for various grade levels, content areas, and group sizes.
  • The authors explain how to build universal design features and critical teaching skills into the initial stages of planning a lesson or activity in order to decrease the need to add on accommodations for individuals. They also recommend ways to include effective teaching and management strategies for diverse student populations into the planning process.
  • The four-part framework begins with a "what to teach" section, which emphasizes how to think carefully about content and outcomes before planning how to teach. The "how to teach" section focuses on universal interventions (i.e., strategies that benefit all students). To ensure that students are prepared for potential obstacles that might derail an otherwise well-planned lesson or activity, coverage of classroom and behavior management is included in the third part, which covers the context for teaching and learning. The fourth part offers guidelines for writing plans.

Table of Contents

1. Thinking about Content.
2. Writing Objectives.
3. General Approaches to Universal Instructional Interventions.
4. Critical Teaching Skills for Focusing Attention.
5. Critical Teaching Skills for Presenting Information.
6. Critical Teaching Skills for Promoting Active Participation.
7. Critical Teaching Skills for Planning Practice and Monitoring Student Progress.
8. Critical Teaching Skills for Planning Partner and Small-Group Work.
9. Selected Instructional Interventions.
10. Supporting Student Behavior.
11. Critical Management Skills for Communicating with Students.
12. Critical Management Skills for Structuring the Learning Environment.
13. Lessons versus Activities.
14. Lesson Planning.
15. Activity Planning.
16. Direct Instruction.
17. Informal Presentation.
18. Structured Discovery.
19. Teaching Specialized Content.
20. Editing Your Plan.
21. Using the Framework for Diversity Responsive Teaching.

What's New

  • Classroom scenarios and vignettes provide examples of teachers who are planning lessons or activities for their classes. The scenarios, introduced at the beginning of the chapter and revisited at the end, provide a reason for reading and an opportunity to apply the information in the chapter.
  • New visuals--such as teacher checklists and mini-lessons--highlight key information and provide ready-to-use tools for teachers.
  • Expanded information on how to integrate proactive classroom management into lesson or activity plans includes new strategies and examples to help readers plan for management. In addition, new ideas for the diverse classroom--including classrooms with English Language Learners--have been added.
  • A greater number of strategies for managing behavior in the "challenging class" have been incorporated.


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Instructor Supplements

eBank Instructor's Manual with Test Bank  (ISBN-10: 0495809942 | ISBN-13: 9780495809944)

The Instructor's Manual includes chapter outlines/objectives, lecture points, discussion questions, activities, a sample syllabus, and the Test Bank.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Kay M. Price

Kay M. Price is a seasoned Professor of Education at Western Washington University. Both Kay and co-author Karna L. Nelson have similar areas of expertise: instructional planning and delivery, emotional and behavior disorders, and teaching social skills.

Karna L. Nelson

Karna L. Nelson is an experienced Professor of Education at Western Washington University. Both Karna and co-author Kay M. Price have similar areas of expertise: instructional planning and delivery, emotional and behavior disorders, and teaching social skills.