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Support Staff: Instructional Strategies


Learn to maintain academic focus in the absence of the regular classroom teacher. Develop knowledge of instructional strategies and techniques to facilitate student engagement and achievement.

Learning Objectives

State-Specific Course Objectives: Florida

An effective educator knows:

  • The importance of making a reasonable effort to follow the teacher’s lesson plans. (Pre-Professional Accomplished Practices 7.3, 7.7, 9.12, 9.14)
  • How to provide effective directions for instructional activities and routines. (Pre-Professional Accomplished Practice 9.13, 10.9)
  • When and how to use instructional strategies with students. (Pre-Professional Accomplished Practice 2.7, 4.3, 7.5, 8.1, 10.5, 10.10)
  • That students need assistance and feedback while practicing a skill. (Pre-Professional Accomplished Practice 2.9,2 9.9)

Preprofessional Competencies are from Florida's Educator Accomplished Practices:

  • Provide opportunities for students to learn from each other. 2.7
  • Provide opportunities for students to receive constructive feedback on individual work and behavior. 2.9
  • Have strategies for utilizing discussions, group interactions, and writing to encourage student problem-solving. 4.3
  • Use multiple activities which engage and motivate students at appropriate developmental levels. 7.3
  • Vary activities to accommodate different student learning needs, developmental levels, experiential backgrounds, linguistic development, and cultural heritage. 7.5
  • Uses alternative instructional strategies to develop concepts and principles and is aware of the rationale for choosing different methods. 7.7
  • Communicate knowledge of subject matter in a manner that enables students to learn. 8.1
  • Monitor learning activities by providing feedback and reinforcement to students. 9.9
  • Use learning time effectively, maintains instructional momentum, and makes effective use of time for administrative and organization activities. 9.12
  • Provide clear directions for instructional activities and routines. 9.13
  • Maintain academic focus of students by use of varied motivational devices. 9.14
  • Provide comprehensible instruction in effective learning procedures, study skills, and test-taking strategies. 10.5
  • Incorporate the visual and physical environment when planning learning activities. 10.9
  • Plan activities that engage students in learning activities and employs strategies to re-engage students who are off task. 10.10

Documentation Methods

Participants must document their learning by completing the following summatives.

1 Multiple Choice Exam - Learner demonstrates knowledge of content by selecting the correct answer from the choices provided.
2 Reflections - Learner synthesizes previous knowledge and course content in order to develop a narrative response.

The summatives must meet 80% of the established criteria.

Project Team


Developed by Beacon Educator staff.

Course Last Updated: 2022