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UbD, or the Understanding by Design framework is a strategy for lesson planning that enables teachers to think purposefully about what they are teaching
What is UbD?
The UbD strategy consists of three parts. The first step is having teachers focus on "desired results" of lessons. Essentially, the first step asks teachers what they want their students to gain in regards to their understanding of the concepts being taught.
How can the UbD strategy used by a teacher help a student like me?
The second step, which focuses on "evidence", asks for teachers to think logically about what students are being assessed on and the means by which they are being tested.
Does that mean more fair and reasonable tests that can actually assess what I am learning?
UbD's final step emphasizes that what teachers convey to their students and how they convey their lessons will lead to appropriate student understanding of the material. This step includes that activities and experiences planned for students consider three goals: Acquisition, Meaning Making, and Transfer.
Does that also mean more engaging activities such as experiments rather than writing answers on worksheets?
Why use UbD? It is not a rigid program, offers flexible thinking, most important goal is student understanding, stresses students' transfer of knowledge through performance, encourages teachers to be engaged mentors, and teachers' "big ideas" are central focus of lesson planning
Sounds great! I hope my teacher tries it one day!
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