I have reached the end of my work on creating high-quality units using the Understanding by Design Model. I have learned a lot and thought about the art and science of teaching.
- I believe my work needs to be purposeful and intentional. I can’t just throw a bunch of things at the wall and hope that they stick. I need to think about what my intended outcomes are going to be and why they should be each of the following. I need to make transfer goals intentional and not just something that I hope happens when I am not looking.
- I believe that starting with the end goal in mind and then designing assessments that will demonstrate the end goal will increase the transfer of information from the classroom to real-world situations.
- I believe that once the end goals are in place, designing a learning plan to guide students to the goals will naturally fall into place. Designing the learning plan first then the assessments does not create the most meaningful learning for our students.
- I believe that nothing is learned in a vacuum. Teaching and Learning is messy and noisy. Students need time to grapple with difficult questions and struggles. Learning in collaborative and students need the opportunity to work in groups to create meaning from the information that they are given.