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SEC 450 - Data-Driven Instructional Methods for Middle and Secondary Teachers


This class emphasizes the science of teaching where data drives instruction, purposefully embeds higher order thinking and creates a variety of assessments.  My hope is that this page will enable you to be successful in this class and more importantly build up your teacher toolbox.


SED 450 Syllabi with Explanations

College Life

GCU Student Success Center

What is Title I



Quick Jump to Pedagogic Modules


Developmentally Appropriate Learning

Depth of Knowledge (DOK)

Design & Teach a Course

InTASC Standards Summarized

Time for Reflection

Classroom Response Systems

Instructional Design


Instructional Design

More Instructional Design

Instructional Design Central

Learning Theories

More Learning Theories

Learning Theories and associated Instructional Design

Instructional Resources

Instructional Design Models

Meta Cognitive Thinking

Curriculum Unit Plans

Course Descriptions

Curricular Connections

What is Curricular Integration

Interdisciplinary Learning

How to get started making Curriculum Units

Raise the Bar for Curriculum

Lesson Plans & Unit Plans

Peer Review of Lesson Plans

Strategies for Effective Lesson Planning

Benefits of Planning




Differentiated Learning & Instructional Strategies


Differentiated Instruction

Differentiated Instruction Videos

Implementing Differentiated Instruction

Learning Styles Inventory

Overview of Learning Styles

Multiple Intelligences

Five Surefire Ways to Engage Students

Are Learning Styles Important?

Accommodating Different Learning Styles


See Cindy’s Instructional Strategies Webpage

Instructional Strategies List

More Instructional Strategies

Interactive Notebooks



Bell Work

Cooperative Learning Conference

Questioning Techniques

Storming, Norming, Performing

Cooperative Learning Tasks

Additional Cooperative Learning

Integrate Learning Style Activities

Prepare Students for College

Classroom Seating Arrangements

Student Centered Teaching

Literacy Strategies

Academic Language on Lesson Plans

How to Study


Measurable Objectives – Think of the learning objectives as a set of skills, knowledge, or abilities that your students will be able to master at the end of the lesson. Then consider the assessment as a way for the student to prove they are capable of that mastery.


Developing Measurable Objectives

Learn to Read your Standards

Introduction to Unpacking your Standards

Unpacking your Standards

More on Unpacking the Standards

Moving from Standards to Objectives

ABCD Measurable Objective

Writing Measurable Learning Objectives

Integrating Bloom’s with Technology


Definitions of Learning Objectives

Aims and Objectives

Connecting Teachers, Students & Objectives

Teach by Sharing your Objectives




Varied Assessments – Test is not a four-letter word, doesn’t take time from learning, not bean-counting tactic or make you teach to the test!  Tests are learning experiences by themselves and must be integrated within learning activities. In short, assessment IS a form of teaching & learning. 


Please see my Assessments Webpage

Why Assessment is important

Conduct Assessments of Learning

Assessment Tutorial

Authentic Assessments

Constructing Tests

Classroom Assessment

Bloom’s Sample Test

Writing Great Multiple-Choice Questions

ProProff Testing Software

Social Studies Tests


Rubric Information

Rubrics to the Rescue

Special Education Rubric

Rubric Handout

Know your Rubric Terms

How to Create a Standards-Based Rubric

Assessment and Rubrics

Make Test Review Fun

Formative Assessment Practices

75 Digital Formative Assessment Tools

Formative & Summative Assessments

Principles & Methods of Assessments



Family Score Report AzMerit

Information on AZ State Test

Az Teacher/Principal Evaluation

Norm vs Standards Reference Tests

Interpret Standards Reference

Criterion and Norm Referenced Assessments

Criterion vs Norm Reference Tests

SAT Assessments

History of the SAT


Align Standards, Objectives, Activities and Assessments –

Align Assessments with Objectives

How to Align your Assessments to your Objectives

How to write an assessment based on the objective

Assessment and Instructional Alignment



Accommodation Tools to Meet IEP Requirements


See my Special Education Webpage

Types of Assessment Accommodations

Rubrics for Special Education Students

Sample IEP Rubric

Holistic Rubrics

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

Accommodation and Modification Differences

Guide to the Inclusive Classroom

Supporting All Students with Inclusion

Disabilities and Special Education


Diversity and Accommodations Tutorial

19 Simple Student Accommodations





Data Collections


Methods for Collecting Data

Why Teachers must be Data Experts

16 Teacher Hacks for Making Data Collection A Piece of Cake

Using Data to Understand your Students

Using Data to Provide Feedback

How to Use Data Effectively

Search for School Data

Student Data can Inform your Teaching


What is Data Driven Instruction

Collecting Data in the Classroom

Data Walls

Collecting Student Data

Data Driven Professional Development

Formative Assessments to Track Student Data




Thank you for a wonderful journey! Your self-learning starts from here!  "It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end." --Ursula K. LeGuin



Updated 6/22/2019

Email Address:         Cindy.Barnes@my.gcu.edu
Phone Number:        (480) 685-0116
Postal Address:         Grand Canyon University