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1 ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS & ENDURING UNDERSTANDING UNDERSTANDING BY DESIGN TRAINING MODULE #2

2 ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS & ENDURING UNDERSTANDING This training module is based on the works of Jay McTighe and Grant Wiggins Understanding by Design. This module was built by AISD to support Understanding by Design concepts in the classroom. AISD Curriculum documents such as Yearly Itineraries and Curriculum Road Maps are written in the UbD Framework Design. At the end of the training, you will need to complete an Online Assessment to get credit for completing the module.

3 ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS & ENDURING UNDERSTANDING Goals for this module: Understand what a Big Idea is. Understand how Essential Questions reflect key questions, focus the learning unit, and prioritize learning. Recognize what an understanding is.

4 ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS & ENDURING UNDERSTANDING Big Ideas

5 BIG IDEAS What is a Big Idea? A tool for getting more specific understandings Makes sense of isolated facts Helps students see connections between facts Acts like a lens helping to see content clearer A theme An idea that causes students think, question, and explore

6 BIG IDEAS BIG IDEA Move your mouse pointer over the letters to learn more about BIG IDEAS

7 BIG IDEAS BIG IDEA Unifying concepts (the modern flat world of interdependence)

8 BIG IDEAS BIG IDEA Organizing themes (love conquers all)

9 BIG IDEAS BIG IDEA Key strategies and rules of thumb (turn complex quantities into the more familiar and simple to work with via mathematical equivalences)

10 BIG IDEAS BIG IDEA Dilemmas (we simplify reality in math and science models – with some loss and possible oversight of important detail)

11 BIG IDEAS BIG IDEA Striking paradox (poverty amid plenty)

12 BIG IDEAS BIG IDEA Endless debates or issues (nature versus nurture)

13 BIG IDEAS BIG IDEA Persistent problems or challenges (global warming) Click to continue

14 BIG IDEAS Can you find the Big Ideas in this unit? Write them in the box. Move the mouse over the image to view a larger version. Click the image to return to this slide.

15 ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS & ENDURING UNDERSTANDING Essential Questions

16 ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS What is an Essential Question? Provoke deep thought, lively discussion, sustained inquiry, and new understanding as well as more questions. Spark meaningful connections with prior learning and personal experiences. Stimulate vital ongoing rethinking of big ideas, assumptions, and prior lessons. Naturally recur, creating opportunities for transfer to other situations. Require students to consider alternatives, weigh evidence, support their ideas, and justify their answers. Causes genuine and relevant inquiry into the big ideas of the core content.

17 How did (any event) cause (any event) to happen? CLICK AND DRAG THE QUESTION TO THE CORRECT COLUMN. Non-Essential Question:Essential Questions: What are the elements of a story? How does the body turn food into energy? Why does the future tense matter? Why is it important to be healthy? What makes a good story? How much does grammar matter? Why is food important for the human body?

18 AND HERE ARE THE ANSWERS. HOW DID YOU DO? Non-Essential Question:Essential Questions: How did (any event) cause (any event) to happen? Why is food important for the human body? How much does grammar matter? What makes a good story? Why is it important to be healthy? Why does the future tense matter? How does the body turn food into energy? What are the elements of a story?

19 ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS A question is Essential if… It makes students reflect and extend their thinking People encounter the question in their daily lives It can be argued It has different but acceptable responses It is worth asking again and again Can be revisited

20 ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS IN THE CRM Essential Questions

21 Enduring Understanding

22 ENDURING UNDERSTANDING What is an Enduring Understanding? An understanding [is] the moral of the story, or rather, your unit. (Wiggins and McTighe 80) A sentence stating the students conclusions about the subject via The Big Idea. Gained through guided inference with help from the teacher or another to come to a conclusion. Specific insight, inference, or conclusion about the Big Idea.

23 CLICK AND MOVE THE ENDURING UNDERSTANDING UNDER THE CORRECT HEADING Enduring Understanding The student will understand that… Not Enduring Understanding The student will understand… Statistical analysis and data display often reveal patterns that may not be obvious. The most efficient and effective stroke mechanics in swimming involve pushing the maximum amount of water directly backward. In a free-market economy, price is a function of supply and demand. The price of long-distance phone calls has declined during the past decade. True friendship is revealed during difficult times, not happy times. Wind is a force of nature. True friendship.

24 AND THE ANSWERS ARE? HOW DID YOU DO? Enduring Understanding The student will understand that… Not Enduring Understanding The student will understand… Statistical analysis and data display often reveal patterns that may not be obvious. The most efficient and effective stroke mechanics in swimming involve pushing the maximum amount of water directly backward. In a free-market economy, price is a function of supply and demand. True friendship is revealed during difficult times, not happy times. The price of long-distance phone calls has declined during the past decade. Wind is a force of nature. True friendship.

25 ENDURING UNDERSTANDING Is this an Understanding? I want students to understand the Civil War.

26 ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS & ENDURING UNDERSTANDING Enduring Understanding Essential Questions

27 ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS & ENDURING UNDERSTANDING: Assessment Please follow the instructions to complete the assessment for Understanding by Design #2 so you will get credit for the training. Open Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome Type into the address bar Sign in information: Username: AustinISD (case sensitive) Password: raiders Click on the Understanding by Design #2 canvas. Follow the instructions on the assignment sticky.

28 REFERENCES Wiggins, Grant, and Jay McTighe. The Understanding by Design Guide to Creating High-Quality Units. Alexandria: ASCD, Print.

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30 LETS THINK ABOUT THIS Look at this way: What specifically do you want students to understand about the Civil War? This would be better: I want my students to understand that the war was fought over issues of economic history and states rights; the morality of slavery was not the sole cause of the wars beginning. The best understandings are made to show and help teachers and students know which specific ideas the unit is meant to achieve.

31 THAT'S CORRECT Look at this way: What specifically do you want students to understand about the Civil War? This would be better: I want my students to understand that the war was fought over issues of economic history and states rights; the morality of slavery was not the sole cause of the wars beginning. The best understandings are made to show and help teachers and students know which specific ideas the unit is meant to achieve.

32 TO RUN NEW FEATURES Click + move the cursor = Drag and Drop Click + Ctrl = Zoom out Click + Ctrl + Alt = Zoom in Click + Shift = Rotate clockwise by 45 degrees at a time Click + Alt = Input Text Click + Shift + Alt = Calculate Formulas

33 Essential Questions pose questions about Big Ideas. Understandings reflect the Big Ideas answer to Essential Questions. Big Ideas help push students to successfully transfer knowledge. Big Ideas!

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