Welcome to our Understanding by Design Workshop
Introduction – Focus on our Challenge
Let’s see how people respond to this question:
What are your goals or intended outcomes when you develop a curriculum unit?
- Reflect on this question individually.
- Next discuss this with colleagues at your table or form a small group.
- Have one person in the group contribute original aspects to this shared document.
Feedback for Tom
Let’s begin with a formative assessment to check on prior learning for today’s task.
- Try this Self-assessment to check your readiness before developing units in the UbD format.
- Here’s a page where we can pool our thinking (6 – 12 groups).
Our Essential Question:
Why use UbD? What is it and what’s it good for?
The following activities have been developed so that you can choose how you would like to engage with and pursue your answer to these questions. Tom will suggest a possible way of choosing which activities you do,but it is really completely up to you. All of them have been created to support a learner-centred approach to professional workshopping on Understanding by Design that targets the above essential questions. Rather than everyone doing the same thing, a few tools and decision points will be used so that you can choose the options that best match your goals and current experience writing curriculum units according to the UbD framework.
Demonstrate understanding of the UbD framework and template (probably by applying it in a UbD Unit, but maybe through one of the other facets of Understanding).
- Assessment as Learning Unscrambling the UbD Terminology Puzzle (doc)
- for today: “Understanding UbD Framework” (pdf) – Formative Assessment Rubric
- ongoing: UbD Design Standards (15 point checklist)
- UbD Lesson Design Standards Rubric (handy for self-assessment and peer review)
The following units are a few examples from a collection provided by the Massachusetts Department of Primary and Secondary Education that are made available through Creative Commons 3.0 licensing. English
- Years 9-12 World History: World War I – The Great War (doc)
- Years 9-12 World History: The Collapse of the Soviet Union (doc)
- Year 6, Ratios, Rates, and Percents (doc)
- Algebra II (Year 10), Investigating Simple Rational Function Models (doc)
- Not a unit, but an interesting map of uses and limitations of models
- Year 6, Causal Patterns in Density (doc)
- Not a unit, but an interesting map of a Scientific World View K-12
See Tom’s handout for a detailed description three possible activities or suggest your own.
- SOLE / Guided Instruction / Mentoring
- Part-by-Part UbD Unit development
- Full UbD unit draft & peer review
- TodaysMeet back channel for questions, suggestions or help
- CEQ•ALL Rubric for Self-managed Learning
- Assessment as Learning Unscrambling the UbD Terminology Puzzle (doc) – work on it as you go.
- Download the SOLE Tool Kit?
Group 1: SOLE / Guided Instruction / Mentoring
- UbD in a Nutshell – June 2014 version, ASCD, Wiggins & McTighe
- Review the Examples above & compare them to one of your units.
- Transfer Goals – Flashcards or Scatter – read background from Wiggins and McTighe (pdf)
- Enduring Understandings – Flashcards or Scatter – read background from Wiggins and McTighe (pdf)
- Essential Questions – Flashcards or Scatter – read background from Wiggins and McTighe (pdf)
Group 2: Part-by-Part UbD Unit development
- Review the Success Criteria above?
- UbD Starting Points (Where to start, Where NOT to start)
- UbD Unit Template 2.0 with definitions
- “Big Ideas” (from the Australian Curriculum)
- Transfer Goals Rationale, Checklist and Examples from Wiggins and McTighe (pdf)
- Example Transfer Goals in KLAs from Massachusetts (pdf)
- Essential Questions – Criteria Checklist (pdf)
- Grant Wiggins’ post on Genuine vs Bogus Essential Questions
- Enduring Understanding Rationale and Checklist (pdf)
- Examples of Essential Questions and Enduring Understandings in all KLAs – New Jersey
- Guide to creating Enduring Understandings and Essential Questions – Utah for the Common Core
Putting it Together
Group 3: Full UbD unit draft & peer review
- Edutect’s Unit Planner log-in and iPad App.
- UbD Unit Template 2.0 (blank)
- UbD Design Standards (15 point checklist)
- Review the Essential Question and generalise your findings.
- Consider using the UbD Terminology Puzzle that we can share if we want.
- Expanding the Essential Question – Using UnitPlanner
- Feedback form – Quick input for Tom
- Jay McTighe’s Web site
- UbD Unit Template version 1
- Glossary pages from Understanding by Design, Wiggins & McTighe (or turn to p.336 of the book)
- 11 Videos by Jay McTighe are available in the Edutect Unit Planner Resources section
Books to Support Your Learning
- Understanding By Design (Expanded 2nd edition). Wiggins, G. and McTighe, J. (2005). Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)
- Understanding By Design Professional Development Workbook. McTighe, J. and Wiggins, G. (2004). Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)
- Understanding by Design Guide to Creating High Quality Units. Wiggins, G. and McTighe, J. (2011). Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)
- Understanding by Design Guide to Advanced Concepts in Creating and Reviewing Units. Wiggins, G. and McTighe, J. (2012). Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)
- Schooling By Design: Mission, Action, Achievement. Wiggins, G. and McTighe, J. (2007). Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)
- Essential Questions: Opening Doors to Student Understanding. McTighe, J. and Wiggins, G. (2013). Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)
- view many more!