Creating a Classroom of Thinkers: 5E Lesson Planning

2.5 Credit Hours

The Illinois Early Learning and Developmental Standards aligned with Common Core State Standards promote student-centered instruction with teachers acting as facilitators of learning. In this training, participants will be introduced to the 5E lesson planning protocol- engage, explore, explain, elaborate, evaluate. Using the 5E format allows students to lead the learning, with teachers providing guidance through exploration and rich discussions. This lesson planning model can be used with any subject or topic and works best with toddler through school age children. Creating a Classroom of Thinkers: 5E Lesson Planning falls under Curriculum and Program Development Competency 2: Synthesizes the relationship between standards, evidence-based practices, culturally competent teaching strategies and curricular planning.

The learning objectives for this course are:

  • I can use IL Early Learning and Development Standards to plan classroom activities.
  • I can incorporate evidence-based teaching practices into lesson plans.
  • I can assist children in developing intellectual curiosity.
  • I can ask open ended questions.

Your Instructor

Dr. Jen Marks
Dr. Jen Marks

Jen is responsible for monitoring the organization and delivery of curricular and instructional programs offered to participants in the early care and education setting. She has been in the field of education for over 12 years, modeling best practices and creating learning envrionments that push staff and students toward high expectations. Jen's focus lies in building systems within an organization that results in consistent, high level practices across curriculum, instruction, professional development, assessment and staff collaboration. She has deep convictions about providing a rigorous education, and believes it is possible for every teacher and student to be successful when they are given the knowledge, support and resources to implement strategies with fidelity. Dr. Marks wants to collaborate with, support and empower educators so that they may do the same.

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Course Curriculum

  Inquiry-Based Learning
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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
You are eligible to enroll in this course at any time! You must finish all requirements of the course within 7 days of enrollment to earn the course's credit hours.
What if I need additional help during the course?
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Can I use any device to complete the course?
Yes! We recommend using a computer as courses may require you to download and/or complete documents which may use additional apps or technology, but all course content and videos can be viewed on any device.

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