Using Topics for Understanding by Design

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Presenter: Kelly Cronin (The Summit Country Day School)

Kelly Cronin, Social Study Teacher, Department Head, the Dean of Students and Upper School Scheduling Coordinator from The Summit Country Day School, will take you through the practical application of using Topics within the framework of the Understanding by Design methodology. She'll cover Summit's approach to implementing UBD, teacher training and maximizing the power of Topics.

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Using Topics for Understanding by Design

  1. 1. STUDENTS LOVE TOPICS!!
  2. 2. TOPICS: A TOOL TO HELP TEACHERS EFFECTIVELY DESIGN COURSES *Compatible with Understanding by Design; Project Based Learning; Blended Learning; Inquiry Based Learning; Flipped Classrooms; and Individualized Learning
  3. 3. PLANNING USING TOPICS • UbD: Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe – 7 tenets of UbD, 3 connected to TOPICS – 1. Learning is enhanced when teachers think purposefully about curricular planning. – 2. Effective curriculum is planned backward from long-term, desired results through a three-stage design process (Desired Results, Evidence, and Learning Plan). This process helps avoid the common problems of treating the textbook as the curriculum rather than a resource, and activity- oriented teaching in which no clear priorities and purposes are apparent.
  4. 4. Click to add title • 3. Teachers are coaches of understanding, not mere purveyors of content knowledge, skill, or activity. – http://www.ascd.org/ASCD/pdf/siteASCD/publicat ions/UbD_WhitePaper0312.pdf – Not that different from the Flipped Classroom idea or Projects or Inquiry Based Learning
  5. 5. Planning Using Topics • Think about what can be done in a year, or in a grading period not about the textbook • Curriculum driven by standards and objectives not by chapters in the textbook • Can show meeting common core and beyond • The Private School Difference
  6. 6. • Think about what will be assessed, what are the units • Each unit gets a Topic • Students (and Parents!) know where assessments will fall, what is to be covered is transparent • Within Topics can provide more challenges for more gifted kids
  7. 7. Planning • If using UbD topics allows the backwards design planning and demands the purposeful thinking about curriculum • (flip to AP Euro page as example) • Project Based Learning-topic for each project • Inquiry Based Learning-set up within topics for webquests or other tools for inquiry
  8. 8. Within Topics • UbD-teachers as coaches, essential questions, tools to learn the material • Individualized learning-many options for all types of learning inside of topics • Blended Learning—can be set up to be done at home • Flipped Learning—videos within, work to be done in class also within
  9. 9. Setting up Individual Topics • Text Boxes: essential questions, project or inquiry instructions, assessment information • Downloads: essential files • Links: internet resources • Audio: podcasts, teachers must know how to find and to upload • Video: same issue they must be taught how • Professional Development and Time!!! • Examples
  10. 10. INTERESTING THOUGHT?! • Collaboration between schools possible? • If Topics are so developed that students can follow through a curriculum with coaching only in discussion board, can assessments be given by ‘home’ school but students from different WhippleHill schools in a course?

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