Backwards Planning

August 8, 2013 - 4:23pm -- Amanda D.

One of the best "tools" I have used for Common Core is more of a concept, backwards planning. I look at the standard decide what I want my end product to be (what the kids will be able to do when "they've learned") and design that piece first. Then I design my unit around my assessment. I always begin with a pretest too so I can measure growth and extend learning when necessary. My partner and I spent this summer creating several more CCSS units using this model. It's a little more work up front, but then you just roll!

Submitted by Richard W. on

I like using the backwards design process as well.  It forces us to evaluate each activity or lesson to make sure it is relevent to the end product.