The Big Idea of UbD

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  • The Big Idea of UbD
  • Big Ideas
  • Backwards Planning
  • An idea is “big” when it helps us make sense of things. It is abstract, yet it is also concrete; it is a useful theory, which has real impact.
  • In "Romeo and Juliet," for example, one big idea is that "blood is thicker than water." This idea applies well beyond the story. It informs our everyday lives.
  • A lesson-planning technique for teachers called Understanding by Design (UbD) uses such big ideas as the central and final guideposts for their lesson plans, and then works backwards from there to get students to understand these big ideas in the end.
  • I love UbD!
  • Why use UbD? Well, it is based around seven sensible tenets, such as: UbD helps focus curriculum and teaching on the development and deepening of student understanding and transfer of learning (meaning, the ability to effectively use content knowledge and skill).
  • 7 Reasons to use UbD
  • UbD is taken on by a teacher in 3 steps: • 1. Start with the desired results (come up with the "big idea"). • 2. What evidence will demonstrate student understanding/meaning-making/transfer?
  • The Steps!
  • • 3. Finally, the learning plan: what activities, experiences, and lessons will lead to achievement of the desired results (step 1) and success of the assessments (step 2)? Also keep in mind WHERETO: where, hook, equip, rethink, evaluate, tailor, and organize!
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