How can we help our students move from information to knowledge to understanding?
While a myriad of theories and conceptual frameworks have been posited, in our efforts to “fix” education, one that has received large adoption is the Understanding by Design (UbD) method. Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe designed the UbD framework and their work was published by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD).
What is Understanding by Design?
UbD is a method utilized for educational planning focused on “teaching for understanding”. The emphasis of UbD is on “backward design”, the practice of looking at the outcomes in order to design curriculum units, performance assessments, and classroom instruction.
Here’s a short video describing the Backward Design approach.
Over the next few weeks, we will explore the facets of Understanding by Design. Need more now? Try visiting the authentic education website and always feel free to stop by our offices at BSS 419.
Hope that helps.