Whether you are an experienced curriculum designer or new to Understanding by Design® (UbD), you will benefit from the latest design tools and the updated UbD unit Template 2.0. UbD authors Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe share their insights and the practical tips that have helped thousands of educators design curriculum based on the UbD framework. The Guide features a set of modules containing guiding worksheets and exercises that take you through the three-stage unit design process to: Identify Transfer and Meaning-Making goals (Stage 1). Develop performance tasks to assess understanding (Stage 2). Use the A-M-T construct to create more focused and powerful lessons (Stage 3). The new UbD Template is illustrated with fresh unit samples, and readers have access to more than 100 additional pages of online resources, including additional unit examples and helpful responses to frequently asked questions. Both novices and veterans alike will unquestionably benefit from this newest resource in the UbD series.
"The Understanding by Design Guide to Creating High-Quality Units is targeted to individuals and groups interested in improving their skills in designing units of study based on the Understanding by Design (UbD) framework. This guide introduces UbD unit design and directs readers through the process. It is organized around a set of modules that move from basic ideas (e.g., the three stages of "backward design") to more complicated elements of unit design (e.g., authentic performance tasks)."--publisher website.
Project based learning (PBL) is gaining renewed attention with the current focus on college and career readiness and the performance-based emphases of Common Core State Standards, but only high-quality versions can deliver the beneficial outcomes that schools want for their students. It’s not enough to just “do projects.” Today’s projects need to be rigorous, engaging, and in-depth, and they need to have student voice and choice built in. Such projects require careful planning and pedagogical skill. The authors—leaders at the respected Buck Institute for Education—take readers through the step-by-step process of how to create, implement, and assess PBL using a classroom-tested framework. Also included are chapters for school leaders on implementing PBL systemwide and the use of PBL in informal settings. Examples from all grade levels and content areas provide evidence of the powerful effects that PBL can have, including * increased student motivation and preparation for college, careers, and citizenship; * better results on high-stakes tests; * a more satisfying teaching experience; and * new ways for educators to communicate with parents, communities, and the wider world. By successfully implementing PBL, teachers can not only help students meet standards but also greatly improve their instruction and make school a more meaningful place for learning. Both practical and inspirational, this book is an essential guide to creating classrooms and schools where students—and teachers—excel.
It's no secret that in today's complex world, students face unparalleled demands as they prepare for college, careers, and active citizenship. However, those demands won't be met without a fundamental shift from traditional, teacher-centered instruction toward innovative, student-centered teaching and learning. For schools ready to make such a shift, project-based learning (PBL) offers a proven framework to help students be better equipped to tackle future challenges. Project Based Teachers encourage active questioning, curiosity, and peer learning; create learning environments in which every student has a voice; and have a mastery of content but are also comfortable responding to students' questions by saying, "I don’t know. Let's find out together." In this book, Suzie Boss and John Larmer build on the framework for Gold Standard PBL originally presented in Setting the Standard for Project Based Learning and explore the seven practices integral to Project Based Teaching: Build the Culture Design and Plan Align to Standards Manage Activities Assess Student Learning Scaffold Student Learning Engage and Coach For each practice, the authors present a wide range of practical strategies and include teachers' reflections about and suggestions from their classroom experiences. This book and a related series of free videos provide a detailed look at what's happening in PBL classrooms from the perspective of the Project Based Teacher. Let's find out together. A copublication of ASCD and Buck Institute for Education (BIE).
This leading text's emphasis on school culture, teachers as adult learners, developmental leadership, democratic education, and collegial supervision has helped redefine the meaning of supervision and instructional leadership for both scholars and practitioners. The Ninth Edition maintains its comprehensive approach to supervision and instructional leadership and presents new and engaging material throughout. Chapters on knowledge, interpersonal skills, technical skills, technical tasks, and cultural tasks for successful supervision and instructional leadership are included, and the authors emphasize the importance of collegiality, understanding adult learning and development, reflective inquiry, democracy, addressing diversity, the change process, and community building. This is a resource that students purchase, use in class, and reference throughout their careers as educational leaders. New to this edition: Reflective questions at the beginning and end of each chapter.A discussion of new instructional leadership roles for supervisors and teachers. (Chapter 1)Coverage of cultures within cultures. (Chapter 2)An entirely new chapter, "The Dynamic School." (Chapter 3)The latest research on expert teachers. (Chapter 5)Explanation of 360 feedback. (Chapter 6)Role plays to practice directive control, directive informational, collaborative, and nondirective behavior. (Chapters 7, 8, 9, 10)Descriptions of technology for enhanced classroom observation. (Chapter 13)Discussion of collaborative walkthroughs. (Chapter 13)Role plays on group roles. (Chapter 16)Suggestions for involving collaborative groups in school improvement. (Chapter 16)Exploration of dialogue as an alternative form of group process. (Chapter 16)Presentation of a new tool for evaluating professional development sessions. (Chapter 17)Overview of developing curriculum units through "Understanding by Design." (Chapter 18)Review of characteristics of successful action research. (Chapter 19) Also from Carl D. Glickman, Stephen P. Gordon and Jovita M. Ross-Gordon: 0133155366 - Basic Guide to SuperVision and Instructional Leadership, The Plus MyEdLeadership Lab with Pearson eText, 3/e - (c)2013 0205625037 - SuperVision and Instructional Leadership: A Developmental Approach, 8/e - (c)2010 0205578594 - The Basic Guide to Supervision and Instructional Leadership, 2/e - (c)2009 Also from Stephen P. Gordon: 0205268315 - Professional Development for School Improvement: Empowering Learning Communities, 1/e - (c)2004
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