Monday, January 28, 2013

Post for the week of January 28, 2013

Post for the week of January 28, 2013

The DESE has recently made four Model Curriculum Units (MCUs) public. 

As part of the MCU project, teams of teachers from across the state have been working to create units at all grade levels in all subjects.  The Race to the Top districts will eventually have access to all one hundred units. 

There are four released units on the Web site, about halfway down the page, that are open to the public as prototypes or examples.

Even if you don't teach grade 3, it's really helpful to read the ELA unit over to see how the writers used the Understanding By Design (UBD) format to explain their ideas and how the lessons approach the new standards. 

To help myself understand them, I had to develop a working vocabulary of UBD terms that help me navigate the units.  See if you know the terms, or inspire your department to have a scavenger hunt!  Knowing these terms make the MCUs easier to understand and to teach.

1.      Stage 1
2.      Stage 2
3.      Stage 3
4.      Transfer
5.      Meaning
6.      Understandings
7.      Essential Questions
8.      Acquisition
9.      CEPA
10.  Evaluative Criteria
11.  GRASPS
12.  Learning Events

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