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The framework outlined in Understanding by Design (Wiggins & McTighe, 1998) offers a three-stage, backward design process to assist teachers in centering their curriculum and assessments on big ideas, essential questions, and authentic performances. This framework works for both curriculum design and school and district improvement efforts. Join the group to post comments and questions and network with other educators.
Classroom Instruction That Works Video
2012 Annual Conference: Jay McTighe and Judy Willis
2012 Annual Conference: Robert Marzano and Grant Wiggins
A Discussion With Allison Zmuda
ASCD 2011 Summer Conference
Jay McTighe: What I Learned From Surfing Lessons
Grant Wiggins on Learning From Failure
Allison Zmuda on Facing Challenges
Jay McTighe on Learning From Failure
Summer Conference 2010
A Picture Walk (The Language-Rich Classroom)
Steven_Weber, 4 years ago| FlagRobert:
Your students are fortunate to have UbD as a text. It seems like it would be much easier to learn to teach using UbD, than to learn a different format/sty
le and then have to reprogram your planning style later in your profession al career. UbD will help young profession als avoid planning 'activitie s' and teaching key topics without focusing on understand ing and transfer. I hope more university professors read your post and follow your practice. Your students will become more thoughtful practition ers and I believe they will enjoy teaching more because UbD will support their goals more than other planning templates or frameworks .
Robert_Siegel, 4 years ago| FlagThe UbD text is required for my graduate course at Oregon State University
entitled "Using Assessment to Improve Instructio n and Learning". Many students are surprised I chose this text since it is about "curriculu m planning". I often chuckle with them since that is exactly the point. Assessment must be critically embedded in their planning to get them away from being "activity designers" . My class is one of the most difficult in the College of Education, but it has proved the most insightful and immediatel y applicable to my students who are already in their teaching fields on average for 3-8 years. Combining with Stiggins' Classroom Assessment for Student Learning, we have a rich source of exciting thinking and very purposeful ly designed instructio n.
Wilma_Kurvink, 4 years ago| Flaghello colleagues
connection - Hi Warrick! Jay worked with our Faculty Leaders from our 3 campuses a few weeks ago, and we had a curriculum mapping day a week later. Our Leaders really took the notions of cornerston e assessment s back to the teams and the level of activity was amazing. I think the UbD framework works so well with the mapping- especially when folks start getting the ideas and practices around alignment.