Good Students Don’t Equate To Good Understanding

Thinking about teaching is not the same as thinking about learning.

Don’t start with ideas about lessons start with questions.

Identify desired results → Determine acceptable evidence→ Plan learning experience and instruction

Understanding by Design is truly a blueprint for not only creating assessments, as Wiggins and McTighe suggest, it is a blueprint for instruction and understanding. Understanding by Design or UbD has certain buzzwords and phrases associated with it. When I mentioned the text to a colleague she immediately responded “Oh, backward design- right? That is all anyone is talking about when lesson plans are discussed”.

Reading a text that is so present in current discussions of design and of lessons gives me the sense that I’m not only reading an influential text, I’m beginning to participate in the education culture.

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