Session 14

At this point, you should already be thinking about the unit plans you will submit as your final project for this course (by Tuesday, 6/30). For this online session, I thought it might be productive to provide you with some space and encouragement to think about “big picture” questions that will guide your work.

So far, the lesson plans I have received from each of you has been different. Clearly, you all work in schools that have very different expectations for how you provide evidence of planning. Some of you have shared highly structured plans, whereas others have shared more narrative descriptions. While I am open to any format, I recommend that you develop a focus for your unit plan that is based on what you would like your students to understand. I would like to see you include all of the information that is in the unit plan description, but most importantly, have a clear understanding of what you would like to accomplish with the unit.

In addition to the group presentation on Integrating Differentiated Instruction and Understanding by Design, I suggest you watch the following video (below) and review this template. You might find these materials helpful in planning your own unit.

After you watch the video and review the template, I would like you to engage in an email correspondence with a partner (see this Google Doc to find out who your partner is) in which you share your thoughts on the following questions:

  • What do you want your students to understand at the end of this unit?
  • What evidence will you need in order to know whether or not your students understand?
  • What strategies might help your students develop their understanding?
  • What questions do you have about student learning?
  • What advice or ideas can you offer to your partner?

* You have until midnight on Sunday, 6/28, to forward this email correspondence to me. I will expect to see that each partner has sent at least two emails. The goal of this activity is to get you thinking and planning “out loud,” sharing ideas, and encouraging experimentation and bold thinking. Please be specific, detailed, and helpful to your partner!

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