Learning expert Grant P. Wiggins advocates an approach to assessment that gives a more accurate picture of students' abilities than standardized testing. These new "performance-based" assessments force students to demonstrate their knowledge in complex projects, essays, oral presentations, and other such exhibitions. Wiggins claims this new approach to assessment can bring out the best in everyone in schools.
What are "essential questions," and how do they differ from other kinds of questions? What's so great about them? Why should you design and use essential questions in your classroom? Essential questions (EQs) help target standards as you organize curriculum content into coherent units that yield focused and thoughtful learning. In the classroom, EQs are used to stimulate students' discussions and promote a deeper understanding of the content. Whether you are an Understanding by Design (UbD) devotee or are searching for ways to address standards--local or Common Core State Standards--in an engaging way, Jay McTighe and Grant Wiggins provide practical guidance on how to design, initiate, and e...
Wiggins has written the most comprehensive and exhaustive treatise available on the imperative to change the ways we test and assess student performance. :?Educational Leadership :By showing us that assessment is more that testing and intellectual performance is more than right answers, Wiggins points the way toward new systems of assessment that more closely examine students' habits of mind and provide teachers with more useful and credible feedback.
Provides a school reform strategy which focuses on a long-term mission; curriculum and assessment framework; set principles of learning; structures, policies, and staff that follow the mission; ongoing feedback and adjustments; and an effective planning process.
"The Understanding by Design Guide to Creating High-Quality Units is targeted to individuals and groups interested in improving their skills in designing units of study based on the Understanding by Design (UbD) framework. This guide introduces UbD unit design and directs readers through the process. It is organized around a set of modules that move from basic ideas (e.g., the three stages of "backward design") to more complicated elements of unit design (e.g., authentic performance tasks)."--publisher website.