Understanding by Design

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ASCD, Jan 1, 2005 - Education - 370 pages
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What is understanding and how does it differ from knowledge? How can we determine the big ideas worth understanding? Why is understanding an important teaching goal, and how do we know when students have attained it? How can we create a rigorous and engaging curriculum that focuses on understanding and leads to improved student performance in today s high-stakes, standards-based environment? Authors Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe answer these and many other questions in this second edition of Understanding by Design. Drawing on feedback from thousands of educators around the world who have used the UbD framework since its introduction in 1998, the authors have greatly revised and expanded their original work to guide educators across the K 16 spectrum in the design of curriculum, assessment, and instruction. With an improved UbD Template at its core, the book explains the rationale of backward design and explores in greater depth the meaning of such key ideas as essential questions and transfer tasks. Readers will learn why the familiar coverage- and activity-based approaches to curriculum design fall short, and how a focus on the six facets of understanding can enrich student learning. With an expanded array of practical strategies, tools, and examples from all subject areas, the book demonstrates how the research-based principles of Understanding by Design apply to district frameworks as well as to individual units of curriculum. Combining provocative ideas, thoughtful analysis, and tested approaches, Understanding by Design, 2nd edition, offers teacher-designers a clear path to the creation of curriculum that ensures better learning and a more stimulating experience for students and teachers alike.

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User Review  - Becky - Goodreads

Re-reading for a class this time. Hopefully I will figure out how to tie together this style of backward planning with the MYP unit planner and all of those features...hhhmmm... :) Read full review

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Understanding by Design Exchange by ASCD
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Authentic Education
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Understanding by Design
Understanding by Design (ubd) is a framework for designing curriculum units, performance assessments, and instruction that lead your students to deep ...
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Understanding by Design: Backward Design
Understanding by Design Chapter One of Understanding by Design is an introduction to the concept of Backward Design, which I think is best summarized in ...
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Principles of Backward Design
Chapter 4 of Understanding by Design provides a clear definition of each facet, ... Understanding by Design, Grant Wiggins and Jay mctighe, 2001, ...
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Understanding by Design
Understanding by Design Template: the basis of Exchange. The ubd template embodies the 3 stages of “Backward Design”; The template provides an easy ...
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ubdeducators » home
ubd is the acronym given to Grant Wiggins and Jay mctighe's approach to curriculum design as outlined in Understanding by Design. At its core, ubd is a ...

Understanding by Design: A Framework for Effecting Curricular ...
Review of: Understanding by Design by G. Wiggins, J. mctighe 2nd ed. 2006. Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development: Alexandria, VA. ...
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Understanding by Design - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Understanding by Design, or ubd, is an increasingly popular tool for educational planning focused on "teaching for understanding". [1] The emphasis of ubd ...
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Vanderbilt Center for Teaching: Understanding By Design
Understanding by Design, an excellent book by Grant Wiggins and Jay mctighe, offers a powerful framework for designing courses through what they call ...
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About the author (2005)

GRANT P. WIGGINS is the president and director of programs for the Center on Learning, Assessment, and School Structure (CLASS), a nonprofit educational research and consulting organization in Pennington, New Jersey.

Jay McTighe has a wealth of experience developed during a rich and varied career in education.

He served as director of the Maryland Assessment Consortium, a state collaboration of school districts working together to develop and share formative performance assessments. Prior to this position, McTighe was involved with school improvement projects at the Maryland State Department of Education. He is well known for work with "thinking skills," having coordinated statewide efforts to develop instructional strategies, curriculum models, and assessment procedures for improving the quality of student thinking. McTighe also directed the development of the Instructional Framework, a multimedia database on teaching.

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