Component 1E

Designing Coherent Instruction

Quest Overview

  • In this quest, you will learn about Danielson component 1E.
  • You will read about the Danielson component 1E (understanding what it is, why it is important, what the elements are embedded within the component, and ways you can show it in your digital portfolio).
  • The explore part of this quest you will complete a write up for Component 1E in your digital portfolio. To document your learning, you will take a screenshot of your write up in your digital portfolio and upload it to My GCC.
  • The synthesis part of the quest is to tweet out a connection between this component and ISTE, growth mindset, SAMR, another education class, or your future classroom. Upload a screenshot of your tweet to My GCC.
  • This Quest should take you no more than two hours to complete at most.


The guiding questions for this quest include:

  • What is component 1E?
  • Why is it important?
  • What are the elements associated with component 1E?
  • What are the artifacts you can create to demonstrate competency in component 1E in your digital portfolio?

Understanding Component 1E: Designing Coherent Instruction

What is Component 1E?

  • Designing coherent instruction requires that our outcomes, assessments, materials, activities, teaching methods, and standards align.
  • We must be knowledgeable of the state standards, curricular standards, and how they progress and build upon each other.
  • Lessons need to advance and challenge students at appropriate levels.
  • Designing instruction that enhances our students' understanding by relating content to state standards, knowledge of our students, outcomes, and assessments.

Why do we need to know about component 1E?

  • Component 1E is important, because teachers must:
    • Have a firm understanding of their content area and how to relate that content area to their students, and state standards
    • Develop lessons that are thought provoking, challenging, and reach ALL learners.
    • Group students mindfully and intentionally in the classroom.
    • Create lessons that engage students with a variety of resources


Possible artifacts

Artifacts for component 1E could include the following:
  • Unit plans that are connect learning activities, learning outcomes, assessments, state standards, and curricular guides.
  • Tiered instructional activities
  • Choice boards or learning menus
  • Differentiated instruction activities
  • Problem-based learning (PBL)
  • Higher order thinking activities


Danielson, C. (2007). Enhancing professional practice a framework for teaching (2nd ed.). Alexandria, Va.: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.


  • Open your component 1E page in your digital portfolio
  • Upload a screenshot of your digital portfolio component 1E with write up to My GCC.
  • Be sure to publish your website!
  • Complete a write up on your component 1E page that describes in your words and citing Danielson to the following questions:

  1. What is component 1E?
  2. Why do you need it?
  3. What are the elements?
  4. What are some artifacts you can use to show competency with component 1E?
  • Try to be original here don't just write down my ideas. Include materials that you may have from other classes.

Synthesis & Tech

Tweet out a connection between component 1E and one of the following:


2. Growth Mindset


4. Another education class

5. Application for your future classroom

6. The 4'Cs

Be sure to use the class hashtag #gccedu and take a screenshot to upload to My GCC!