Have you heard about the boy that taught his
dog to talk?
What is teaching?
What is learning?
Coverage vs Uncoverage
• Making sense of teaching
• Interacting with insights and
knowledge through well
• Sharing insights and
Which strategies uncover?
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Talk with a
come up with 3
Verb – To understand a topic or subject is to be
able to use knowledge and skill wisely and
Noun – An understanding is the successful result
of trying to understand
Understanding is more than just regurgitating
information mindlessly. It involves a depth of
insight and familiarity that allows a person to use
it for authentic purposes.
Explain what understanding is to your neighbor in your own words.
Summarizing & Note taking
Priming: Look for
how this relates to the
Big Ideas and
Essential Questions of
• Idea – Big picture
• EQ – Provoke interest
Big Idea /
• Reflects purpose
• Personally relate in
multiple facetsMain Idea
Read Steps 1-7 for Teaching Students to Think
Primer: Look for practical ways you could integrate
these into your teaching?
What 3 things are you already doing some of in your teaching?
Summarizing - Chunking
Identify 2 areas (skills) that your students may be struggling with.
Explain how you are going to implement 1 of these strategies in your
class on Monday.
Read Distinguishing characteristics of understandings
excerpt from Understanding by Design.
Index Card Side A - Quote
“The understanding will need to be uncovered, because it is
abstract and not immediately obvious” (p.127).
Save the last quote!
Index Card Side B - Response
An enduring understanding can not be transferred through a statement or
an explanation. I need to design learning experiences that uncover the
understanding. In the example of understandings related to effective
stories I may begin with having students think about their favorite stories
and reflecting on what makes them captivating. We can build a word web
then have students write a response explaining what elements of stories
really capture their interest. In this we will uncover some of the
understandings related to effective stories.