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Midterm Project for EDUC 410

Midterm Project for EDUC 410

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  • 1. UNDERSTANDING Chelsea Baker
  • 2. WHAT IS UNDERSTANDING Understanding is…  The ability to infer hidden meanings.  The ability to read between the lines.  The ability to apply concepts to new and different situations and concepts.  Understandings differ from knowledge  Knowledge is specific to facts, information, and skills.  Understandings are more abstract and require a deeper level of knowledge.
  • 3. WHAT ARE UNDERSTANDINGS Understandings are…  Conceptual  Transferable  Comprehensive  Abstract  Developed by uncovering and doing Understandings are not…  Recalling information  Written facts  Immediately understood
  • 4. BACKWARDS DESIGN Backwards design is an approach to understanding. Allows us to begin planning by thinking about the life long understandings we want students to take away.
  • 5. STAGE 1
  • 6. ESTABLISHED GOALS - STANDARDS Common Core  State standards  Literacy, science, social studies, 21 st century skills  Starting point for each lesson  What lesson is formed around NCSSS  National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies  Specific to Social studies  Introduces themes within social studies
  • 7. ESTABLISHED GOALS - STANDARDS  NCSSS Themes           Culture Time, continuity, and change People, places, and environments Individual development and identity Individuals, groups, and institutions Power, authority, and governance Production, distribution, and consumption Science, technology, and society Global connections Civic ideals and practices
  • 8. TRANSFER GOALS  Transfer goals build off of the big ideas within a unit and apply them to transferable tasks.  Blooms taxonomy poses many meaningful tasks to help guide students in building understandings.
  • 9. TRANSFER GOALS - BLOOMS TAXONOMY EXAMPLES  Creating  Students will be able to create a brochure about eating healthy.  Evaluating  Students will be able to assess their peers presentation in a respectful manner.  Analyze  Students will be able to compare and contrast healthy and unhealthy foods.  Apply  Students will be able to classify animate and inanimate objects.  Remember  Students will be able to describe the characters in a story using key details.  Understand  Students will be able to explain the stages of mitosis.
  • 10. BLOOMS TAXONOMY VERBS
  • 11. TRANSFER GOALS – NON EXAMPLES Ineffective transfer goals  Students will be able to…  Recall what culture is.  Define culture.
  • 12. MEANING MAKING  Understandings  This section is where we state the concepts that students will understand by the end of the lesson.  The understandings are based off of the activities that students complete during the lesson.  This section allows us to evaluate the tasks that we are having students perform and how effective they will be for student understanding.  The understandings should be narrowed down to specific concepts within the standards.  Examples:  In a lesson on culture we would want students to understand:  Culture is the behaviors, beliefs, traditions, and ways of living in a specific group of people.  Similarities and differences between cultures.  Non Examples:  What culture is
  • 13. MEANING MAKING  Essential Questions  Essential questions are thick and descriptive questions.  They help to guide students thinking towards the important concepts in the lesson.  Essential questions get students thinking about the concepts in ways that they may not have already been thinking.  Examples:  How are groups of people alike and different?  How does culture link a group of people?  Non Examples:  What is culture?  Why is culture important?
  • 14. ACQUISITION OF KNOWLEDGE AND SKILL  Knowledge  The knowledge section pertains to the information that students will gain during the lesson.  It can also pertain to the knowledge that students will already have.  Examples:  Students will know…  Important people who impacted the U.S. throughout history.  How to define culture and bias.
  • 15. ACQUISITION OF KNOWLEDGE AND SKILL  Skills  The skills sections is where you would put the skills that students will need to have in order to complete the tasks.  If students do not already have these skills then you will need to help the students gain these skills.  The skills section can also be where you would put the skills that students will learn within in the lesson.  Examples:  Students will be skilled at…  Collecting information from various forms of media.  Using maps and globes to find locations of countries.
  • 16. PERSONAL MISCONCEPTIONS  Knowledge and skill  At first I thought that the knowledge and skill sections were only for the knowledge and skills that students will gain from the lesson. However I realized that this can also be a place to put knowledge and skills students will need in order to participate and engage in the lesson.  Essential questions  When I first began working with the essential questions I thought that they were just questions that you would ask during the lesson. However, I learned that these questions are actually there to help assist students in their thinking process. They help students to build meaningful understandings and allow them to keep considering the concepts even after the lesson is over.
  • 17. PERSONAL MISCONCEPTIONS  Standards  My biggest struggle with building a lesson is pairing standards. The standards are the most important pieces in building a meaningful lesson. There were many times that I thought standards would pair well together until I began working with those standards. It was then that I would realize that the concepts within the standards were to broad and needed to be narrowed down.
  • 18. RESOURCES  Adler, S. A . (2010). National curriculum standards for social studies: a framework for teaching, learning and assessment . Silver Spring, Md: National Council for the Social Studies.  Wiggins, G., & McTighe, J. (2005). Understanding by Design, Expanded 2nd Edition (2nd ed.). Alexandria: ASCD .