Understanding by Design
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The following units for K-12 were designed and created by teachers in the charters authorized by Saginaw Valley State University. These units were designed and developed by teachers trained in a modified version of Understanding by Design (UbD). UbD is a backward design approach to unit design. These units show the integrity and depth of planning required in Understanding by Design.
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"From Common Core to Curriculum- 5 Big Ideas" by Jay McTighe and Grant Wiggins
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This video shares Grant Wiggins's explanation by Understanding by Design.
This video shares Grant Wiggins's explanation by Understanding by Design. "The textbook is NOT the course."
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These detailed unit plans, featured in the Intel Education Idea Showcase, will give you a complete project ready to implement as-is or adapt for your classroom. They all include project-based learning activities to engage students in developing 21st century thinking skills and making real-world connections. They are based on essential questions, content questions, and unit questions. They are aligned to Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards.
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Vanderbilt University provides these resources.
- The Benefits of Using Backward Design
- The Three Stages of Backward Design
- The Backward Design Template
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The Understanding by Design® framework (UbD™ framework) offers a plan-ning process and structure to guide curriculum, assessment, and instruction. Its two key ideas are contained in the title: 1) focus on teaching and assessing for understanding and learning transfer, and 2) design curriculum “backward” from those ends.
Jay McTighe and David Reese connect UbD with Project-Based Learning.
Trinity University shares their collection of units designed using UbD.
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Understanding by Design Framework by Jay McTighe and Grant Wiggins
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A PowerPoint that should prove helpful to you as you pursue your own units of study.
Access: Understanding by Design - Using "Backward Design" to Create Meaningful Units of Study