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How do you know when students understand something? How can you design learning experiences that make it much more likely that students understand content and apply it in meaningful ways?
Since 1998, thousands of educators have used Understanding by Design® (UbD™) framework to answer these questions and create more rigorous and engaging curricula. Now, this expanded second edition gives you even more tools and strategies for results-oriented teaching:
Educators from kindergarten through college can get everything they need—guidelines, stages, templates, and tips—to start designing lessons, units, and courses that lead to improved student performance.
(ASCD book, 2005) 8 1/2" x 11", 370 pages. Also available as an e-book!
What People Are Saying About Understanding by Design
”Understanding by Design is an incredibly influential book. Its premise is that you have to start curriculum design with an end in mind. You figure out what your goal is first and plan backwards from there, building your curriculum around what you want to achieve. It sounds very simple but for a long time people weren’t doing that. They were covering units or textbooks without clear priorities or purposes in mind. Backwards design helps teachers to focus on the endgame and hold themselves to account for meeting their goals.” --Michelle Rhee, former Chancellor, Washington, DC, Public Schools, as interviewed in The Browser
Educator Alexis Wiggins provides a step-by-step guide for the implementation of Spider Web Discussion, covering everything from introducing the technique to creating rubrics for discussion self-assessment to the nuts-and-bolts of charting the conversations and using the data collected for formative assessment. She also shares troubleshooting tips, ideas for assessment and group grading, and the experiences of real teachers and students who use the technique to develop and share content knowledge in a way that’s both revolutionary and truly inspiring.