UbD101 - A Comprehensive Course

Software & Course Structure Overview

VIDEO: Click Here First, to Learn How to Navigate the Course (1:53)
VIDEO: Course Icons Explained (2:45)
VIDEO: Welcome (1:35)
Certificate of Completion - Requirements
Optional Suggested Course Assignments (for those in study groups or formal courses)
Interactive Course Resources
Journal: my strengths and weaknesses as a lesson planner
How to Design Units in Curriculum Framer
Curriculum Framer Sample Unit
A place to share ideas - your blog
UbD101 Wiki
All Exercises for Downloading & Printing
ALL Exercise answers go here
Glossary: The Language of UBD
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UbD in a Nutshell
1-page color-coded UbD template.
Forum for Study Groups

What is UbD? Why UbD?

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Choose either the brief or in-depth path (or both)...
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Audio: Overview of Topic 1 (2:03)
UbD White paper - Overview of UbD
VIDEO: What is UbD? Excerpts from Grant Wiggins and Case Studies (14:51)
VIDEO: Grant on UbD as a set of ideas and tools (1:47)
VIDEO: Understanding by Design - GW Talks (1:20)
VIDEO: Design Thinking (1:31)
VIDEO: Design Process (3:22)
What is UbD? A brief self-test of your understanding
_____In-depth Introduction (51:20 A/V)_____
Module A from the UbD Design Guide: What is UbD?
VIDEO: What Is UbD? In-Depth Narrated PPT, Part 1 (6:05)
VIDEO: What is UbD, Narrated PPT, Part 2 (23:59)
VIDEO: What Is UbD, Narrated PPT, Part 3 (21:16)
Reflection: What are my first impressions of UbD and the rationale for it?
The Introduction from Understanding by Design (book)
Study Guide - Chapter One of Understanding by Design
_____For Brief & In-Depth_____
Sample Print Unit in UbD - Driver's Education
Survey response and optional blog thoughts on the introduction to UbD
Topic 1 Quiz/Self-test: What is UbD and what is its purpose?
UbD101 Forum
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Sample Unit in Algebra - before and after UbD
Sample Language Arts Unit, with Annotations
Sample Unit in Social Studies - before and after UbD

What is 'Understanding'?

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Audio: Overview of Topic 2 (1:59)
What is understanding?
Narrated Powerpoint: Understanding Part 1 (12:18)
Alternate for Mobile: Understanding Part 1 (12:18)
Narrated Powerpoint: Understanding Part 2 (8:05)
Alternate for Mobile - Understanding Part 2 (8:05)
Study Guide for Chapter 2 of UbD
Study Guide for Chapter 4 of UbD
Topic 2 Quiz/self-test: What is understanding?
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EXERCISE: What is Understanding? T2.Ex1
VIDEO: Middle School Case Study - Mathematics (10:25)
VIDEO: Grant on Transfer as the Goal (1:34)
Chapter 2 on Understanding from UbD 2nd edition
VIDEO: 1st grade Mapping Unit - Classroom Case Study (11:45)
Unit Overview of Mapping Unit

'by Design'? What is exemplary unit design?

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Audio: Overview of Topic 3 (1:26)
3a By Design? Narrated Powerpoint (10:10)
Alternate for Mobile: 3a by Design? (10:10)
3b By Design? Narrated Powerpoint (7:50)
Alternate for Mobile: 3b by Design? (7:50)
How good a backward designer am I?
Topic 3 Quiz/self-test: What is good design in UbD?
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The Curriculum Framer: Browsing and Creating Units...
Browse a sample Math unit in Framer
Browse a sample ELA unit in Framer
Begin to Create Your Own Unit in Framer - Stage 1
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VIDEO: Grant on 'by Design' (1:17)
VIDEO: Middle School Case Study - Social Studies (13:37)
VIDEO: Grant Discusses What Curriculum Is and Isn't (1:57)
Module B from the UbD Design Guide: The UbD Template
Module C from the UbD Design Guide: Getting Started
Annotated Blank Template for drafting your own units
Quick Design: A 2-page summary on drafting a unit

STAGE 1 Overview: Getting clear about the point of your unit

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Audio: Overview of Topic 4 (2:16)
Stage 1 Overview - Narrated Powerpoint (13:03)
Alternate for Mobile: Stage 1 Overview (13:03)
Narrated PPT: on UbD and the Primary Grades (13:53)
Alternate for Mobile: UbD and the Primary Grades (13:53)
Topic 4 Quiz/self-test - What is a learning goal?
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What is a big idea? Grant offers some thoughts in writing.
NJ Standards Clarification - all 9 state standards written in terms of ubd elements (this is work we led for the NJDOE)
The Big Ideas of Mathematics K - 8 by Randall Charles
Study Guide for Chapter 3 of UbD
Contribute to a Database of Web Links related to STAGE 1
VIDEO: Grant Discusses Stage 1 (1:25)
VIDEO: A Kindergarten teacher on UbD (1:41)
STAGE 1 Design Exercises for Download & Printing
FAQs on Stage 1
Design Tips: STAGE 1

Stage 1: Goals & Standards

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Audio: Overview of Topic 5 (1:23)
VIDEO: Grant on Long-Term Goals - and Dealing with State Standards (1:30)
VIDEO: Why Coverage Is An Illusion (2:15)
Take a survey on your aims as a teacher
See survey results
What are my long-term goals? What am I really after in the long run?
Topic 5 QUIZ/Self-test: Where do Standards go in Stage 1?

Stage1: Transfer as a goal

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VIDEO: Transfer Is the Goal (2:59)
VIDEO: Grant Discusses the Problem of Getting Transfer (1:53)
Transfer Goals, Explained by Grant Wiggins & Jay McTighe
VIDEO: Transfer Meaning Acquisition (2:03)
VIDEO: Look At Hardest Test Items (1:27)
VIDEO: Autonomous Performance (3:36)
Topic 6 - Quiz/self-assessment on transfer
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Transfer - from How People Learn, National Academy of Sciences

Stage 1: Essential Questions

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Audio: Overview of Topic 7 (1:46)
VIDEO: Grant Discusses Essential Questions (4:24)
Essential Questions Narrated Powerpoint (12:46)
Alternate for Mobile: Essential Questions Narrated (12:46)
What is an Essential Question?
Topic 7 QUIZ/Self-test: Essential questions? Or Knowledge questions?
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VIDEO: The Power of Essential Questions (Classroom Case Study) 4:02
Brief Essay: What is an Essential Question?
DE ELA Standards Clarification in UbD Terms
Delaware math Standards Clarification in UbD Terms
Study Guide for Chapter 5 of UbD
Essential Questions and Understandings for the Common Core Math Practice Standards

Stage 1: Understandings (and misunderstandings)

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Audio: Overview of Topic 8 (1:55)
Understandings - Narrated Powerpoint (17:10)
Alternate for Mobile: Understandings - Narrated (17:10)
Topic 8 - Quiz/Self-test(1): on Understandings
What understandings am I after? What misunderstandings do I confront?
Topic 8 QUIZ/Self-test(2): the relation between knowledge and understanding
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VIDEO: Grant on 'Understanding' (1:55)
VIDEO: Grant Discusses Understanding vs Knowledge (2:03)
Background readings and links to web sites on misunderstandings
New jersey Curriculum Framework Using UbD Elements
Math misconceptions article
Feynman on science and understanding
Francis Bacon on the Idols of the Mind
VIDEO: Grant discusses misunderstandings (2:52)
Study Guide for Chapter 6 of UbD

Stage 1: Self-Assessment of Stage 1 of your emerging unit design

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This Topic presumes that you have tried to develop...
Audio: Overview of Topic 9 (1:26)
STAGE 1 Self-Assessment
My reflections on attempts to design STAGE 1
Online discussion of STAGE 1 Issues
Finish Building Stage 1 of your Unit

STAGE 2 Overview: Valid Evidence in Support of Stage 1

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Audio: Overview of Topic 10 (1:15)
Stage 2 Intro : A narrated powerpoint (12:10)
Alternate for Mobile: Stage 2 Intro Narrated (12:10)
What are my strengths and weaknesses as an assessor?
Assessment Overview
Criteria of Good Assessments
Assessment Validity
Assessment Rigor
Assessments and the Standards
VIDEO: Assessment Overview (12:33)
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STAGE 2 Design Exercises for Download & Printing
FAQs on Stage 2 in UbD
Study Guide for Chapter 7
Design Tips: STAGE 2
VIDEO: Grant discusses Stage 2 (0:55s)

Stage 2: Performance Tasks

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Audio: Overview of Topic 11 (1:54)
VIDEO: Grant Discusses 'Performance Tasks' (2:31)
What Are Tasks? Narrated Powerpoint (12:40)
Alternate for Mobile: What Are Tasks? Narrated (12:40)
Topic 11 - Quiz/Self-test: What is a performance task?
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VIDEO: Geometry Headquarters Project (Classroom Case Study) 8:05
Unit Overview of Geometry Headquarters Project
Study Guide for Chapter 10 of UbD
Authentic vs typical task

Stage 2: Other Evidence

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Audio: Overview of Topic 12 (:46s)
VIDEO: Grant Discusses 'Other Evidence' (2:04)

Stage 2: Rubrics

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Audio: Overview of Topic 13 (1:45)
Rubrics and Criteria: Narrated Powerpoint (7:35)
Alternate for Mobile: Rubrics & Criteria Narrated (7:35)
Topic 13 Quiz/Self-test: What is an appropriate rubric?
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VIDEO: Grant Discusses Rubrics and Criteria in Assessment (1:12)
VIDEO: 5th Grade Performance Assessment (6:17)
Unit Plan for 5th Grade Unit
Rubric for 5th grade project
VIDEO: Grant Discusses Rubrics and Giving Grades (2:13)
A rubric for all 6 facets of understanding
A set of trait-specific rubrics to mix and match
Study Guide for Chapter 8 of UbD
Reflective Writing Rubric
Literary Analysis Rubric
Class participation rubric
Depth of Knowledge Rubrics
Quality Feedback: What is it?
Grant Wiggins on Formative Assessment

Stage 2: A self-assessment of your unit's assessment plan

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Build Stage 2 of Your Unit
This Topic presumes that you have tried to develop...
Audio: Overview of Topic 14 (1:19)
Stage 2 Self-Assessment
Forum for online discussion of Stage 2 issues

STAGE 3 Overview: The Learning Implied by Goals & Assessment

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Audio: Overview of Topic 15 (1:38)
VIDEO: Grant Discusses Stage 3 (0:58)
STAGE 3 Design Exercises for Download & Printing
VIDEO: Grant Discusses Teaching Via Essential Questions (1:40)
My lessons and activities - how focused and appropriate?
VIDEO: Grant Discusses the Role of the Textbook in UbD (1:26)
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VIDEO: Case Study - Middle School History (10:37)
Study Guide for Chapter 9 of UbD
Design Tips: STAGE 3
FAQs on Stage 3

Stage 3: The learning plan (and the need to build in learning related to acquisition, meaning-making, transfer - AMT)

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Audio: Overview of Topic 16 (2:11)
VIDEO: Grant discusses Transfer, Acquisition, and Meaning-making (1:55)
Grant's 1-page Tips on teaching for Transfer
The 3 goals of academic learning - A M T
Wiggins and McTighe on AMT as a key to high school reform (from May 2008 Educational Leadership
Mini-lessons on literacy strategies for grades 4 - 12
Resources on designing learning for understanding
VIDEO: Students Making Meaning - 9th Grade Socratic Seminar (6:31)
VIDEO: Socratic Seminar Comments (2:42)
Socratic Seminar - A Guide with Tools and Resources
Topic 16 Quiz/Self-test: Learning and instruction in support of understanding

Stage 3: Thinking about Differentiation and Sequence - the 'T' and the 'O' in WHERETO

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Audio: Overview of Topic 17 (2:20)
VIDEO: Grant discusses adjusting a unit (1:36)
VIDEO: Grant Discusses Sequencing in a Unit (2:35)
Self-test: Planning the Learning and Sequence

Stage 3 and a final and complete self-assessment of your draft unit

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Build Stage 3 of Your Unit
Self-test: Check your understanding of the 3 Stages
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VIDEO: Grant Discusses the Research on Transfer (1:58)
Audio: Overview of Topic 17 (1:04)
VIDEO: Grant on Self-Assessment of Your Unit Design (1:44)
STAGE 3 Self-Assessment
Unit Self-Assessment
So, how was my draft unit?
Forum for discussion of Stage 3 issues

Supplemental: Moving UbD Forward Locally

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Audio: Overview of Topic 18 (2:22)
VIDEO: Grant Discusses 'Think Big, Act Small' (0:48)
VIDEO: Case Study of Moving UbD Forward in a School - Andy Greene (11:08)
VIDEO: Staff Meetings as prof devlpmt in UbD - Andy Greene (5:40)
VIDEO: A District Supervisor on Moving Forward (2:38)
VIDEO: Grant on Teacher Resistance (1:42)
VIDEO: Why Units? (1:25)
UbD Next steps - for local teacher-leaders and admins.
What ubd is and isn't - a 1-page handout
Making the Most of PLCs by Jay McTighe
Conditions for a model curriculum to thrive
VIDEO: Grant Leads a Socratic Seminar for Teachers (4:34)
VIDEO: Grant Leads a Socratic Seminar for Teachers, Part 2 (18:16)
Readings for a staff socratic seminar
Additional staff reading: from John Dewey - How We Think
Additional staff reading: an excerpt from Plato's MENO
VIDEO: Grant Discusses How People Learn (2:09)
VIDEO: When Can We See the Benefits of UbD (1:46)
Link to the text of How People Learn
Research on Authentic Learning

Resources

A Database of Web Links to Any Already-Existing Personal Web Pages and Blogs
Course News and General Forum Information
Primary Grades Forum: Post your ideas, questions and experiences here
Arts Forum: Post your ideas, questions and experiences here
ELA Forum (Grades 4-8): Post your ideas, questions and experiences here
English Forum (Grades 9 - University): Post your ideas, questions and experiences here
Health, Wellness, PE: Post your Ideas, questions and experiences here
History and Social Studies Forum: Post your ideas, questions and experiences here
Math Forum: Post your ideas, questions and experiences here
Science Forum: Post your ideas, questions and experiences here
Vocational/Technology Forum: Post your ideas, questions and experiences here
World Languages Forum: Post your ideas, questions and experiences here
Training and Supervising in UbD
Reading Next - a national report on literacy improvement
Writing Next - how to improve writing ability
Research on reading and writing 6 - 12
Beating the odds: improvement in middle and high school English
Learning in Mathematics Research
Alan Schoenfeld on Thinking Mathematically
Teaching Math for Understanding - The Research from The National Academy of Sciences
Real World HS math

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