Solving 25 Problems in Unit Design: How Do I Refine My Units to Enhance Student Learning?

Solving 25 Problems in Unit Design: How Do I Refine My Units to Enhance Student Learning?

Solving 25 Problems in Unit Design: How Do I Refine My Units to Enhance Student Learning?

Solving 25 Problems in Unit Design: How Do I Refine My Units to Enhance Student Learning?

Synopsis

Curriculum design experts Jay McTighe and Grant Wiggins have reviewed thousands of curriculum documents and unit plans across a range of subjects and grades. In this book, they identify and describe the 25 most common problems in unit design and recommend how to fix them--and avoid them when planning new units.McTighe and Wiggins, creators of the Understanding by Design® framework, help you use the process of backward design to troubleshoot your units and achieve tighter alignment and focus on learning priorities. Whether you're working with local or national standards or with other learning goals, you can rely on their practical and proven solutions to promote deeper and better learning for your students.

Excerpt

Together, we have more than 85 years of experience as professional educators. Much of this experience has involved work on curriculum design, based on a “backward design” approach that we have described in many publications. We developed the Understanding by Design curriculum design framework because we found that traditional lesson and unit plans too often failed to focus on enduring ideas and processes, promote deeper learning, engage students in authentic performance, and equip learners to transfer their learning.

Our design process proposes that effective curriculum is planned backward from long-term aims through a threestage design process: (1) identify desired results; (2) specify assessment evidence; and (3) detail the learning plan. This backward design process helps to avoid the common twin problems of textbook coverage and activity-oriented teaching in which no clear priorities and purposes are apparent. the process helps teachers help students uncover important ideas of content while promoting meaningful student engagement around outcomes that matter.

Over the years, we have worked with thousands of teachers and design teams and reviewed countless curriculum documents and unit plans. Through our work, we have come to recognize common problems that recur in unit planning. in this book, we identify 25 of those problems . . .

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