Understanding by Design® Guide to Creating High Quality Units
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Grant Wiggins Podcast: Math
May 10, 2011

The problem of problems in mathematics.  Grant discusses the shortcomings of traditional approaches to mathematics instruction.

 
Results from our HS student survey
Apr 25, 2011
The voices of our students - critical feedback from the users of our 'software'
 
Action Research and Freeing Up Time Ideas
Dec 02, 2010
Ideas for action research and freeing up time locally to do UbD work.
 
Father & Daughter
Oct 28, 2010

Alexis Wiggins (Grant's daughter) and Grant write back and forth during one of Alexis' year of teaching abroad.

 

Note: Alexis wrote a wonderful Commentary in Education Week  recently, on the role of feedback in improving as a teacher. (You must be a subscriber)

 
A Survey for Your Middle and High School Students About Their Learning!
Sep 09, 2010
A free survey you can use to get student feedback on what does and doesn't work for them as learners!
 
The problem of non-problems in math programs
Aug 31, 2010
It's time to completely overhaul our dysfunctional math programs and make them problem-based.
 
Teaching for Understanding - Part 2
Aug 29, 2010
Grant describes how to aim students toward an Understanding in Part 2.
 
Teaching for Understanding - Part 1
Aug 17, 2010
What is an Understanding? And how do we 'teach' for it? Part 1 of a series.
 
Common Core Standards
Aug 09, 2010
Working with the Common Core Standards
 
Feedback: How Learning Occurs
May 22, 2010

True feedback is critical—perhaps the key element—in effective learning. 

 
Some great Internet links on assessment
Apr 18, 2010
A host of good web sites related to performance assessment - examples, advice, information.
 
Test bashing: time to end it.
Mar 21, 2010
We all 'hate' standardized testing - but should we? Grant asks you to reconsider our visceral negativity: many of the results are important and revealing about our failure to adequately teach and assess for understanding locally.
 
Oh, you can't Measure THAT...
Mar 11, 2010
Grant reflects on the common (but incorrect) claim that important educational outcomes cannot be measured.
 
Talent is Overrated
Feb 26, 2009
Talent is Overrated is the title of a fascinating book by Geoff Colvin. Like Malcolm Gladwell's The Outliers, it makes you completely rethink what you thought you knew about learning and achievement.
 
UbD in China!
Jan 26, 2009
How do you say Essential Question in Mandarin? We now know, having just returned from a wonderful week in Beijing working with 300 Chinese educators.
 
Event/Conference Resource Documents
Support for Authentic Education Consulting Events
Report Card Sampling and Feedback
Samples of More Than 50 Schools
Shout Outs
Shining the light on educators and educational issues
  We're a giving a shout out today to two staff members for their ongoing work with UbD in their district.
  What is a Big Idea?
  What is transfer?
  Great web links on Essential Questions
  Habits of Mind
  What Is an Essential Question?


 
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