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DALC | Backwards Design
April 20 @ 14:30 - 15:30
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A backwards design approach forces us to think about the following questions: What are the most important ideas I want my students to understand at the end of the course, and at the end of each unit? What evidence will best show that they have achieved this understanding? What assessments and activities will allow them to gain this understanding in a comprehensive way? This workshop is based on principles outlined in Understanding by Design, by Wiggins and McTighe. Approaching course planning from this design aspect can eliminate much of the trial-and-error approach to assignment design, and can allow for a more worthwhile and profitable experience for students and teachers. This workshop will run through the basic principles outlined in Understanding by Design, so that you will be able to begin applying backwards design to your course planning for next semester.