In reflecting on this indicator for the Learning Designer ISTE standard, I thought about the importance of coaches leading by example and modeling the use of instructional design principles for educators. In my blog, Fostering Creativity, Empathy, & Real-World Problem Solving Through Design Thinking, I spent time researching how educators can partner technology and design thinking to promote creativity, empathy, and real-world problem-solving skills. Coaches can help support educators who may feel it is difficult to incorporate design thinking into their curriculum, by modeling the benefits and showing how it promotes authentic, practical learning opportunities for students. Exploring instructional design principles like this also requires the support of administrators to provide educators with more flexibility and autonomy in their lesson design. Coaches can advocate for educators by demonstrating to administrators how the purposeful use of instructional design principles can produce effective digital learning environments for students.
Another example of evidence of this indicator is my blog post, Investigating the Journey of Food – A Community Engagement Project. In this blog, I discuss designing my community engagement project using backward design thinking, from Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe’s Understanding by Design (UbD) Model. Using Understanding by Design’s backward design model allowed me to re-examine a previous unit I taught. Through this process, I defined clearer goals and essential questions, which allowed for more developed, intentional learning outcomes. Going through the process of using this instructional design principle for this project has totally transformed the way I design my instruction now. As a future coach, I recognize the importance of modeling the use of design principles to support educators in also seeing the benefits to student learning. An important takeaway I experienced in going through this process, was that I was already incorporating many of the components of this design principle without realizing it. As a coach, I want to help educators also recognize this realization and see how transformational using instructional design principles, like backward planning, is to teaching and learning.
ISTE Standards for Coaches (2019). Retrieved from: https://www.iste.org/standards/for-coaches