Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Post for the week of March 18, 2013

Post for the week of March 18, 2013

As a teacher, I was always a bit nervous when asked to provide a lesson plan.  I had a one- or two-page format I liked and had used for years, but how did I know what was required for the person observing the class?  How did I know I had done a thorough job thinking through my teaching?

The DESE has released four Model Curriculum Units to the public, and they provide us with a UbD-style unit, lesson, and CEPA (curriculum embedded performance assessment) summative assessment plan.  UbD (Understanding by Design) is an organizational structure by Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe. 

I recently read over the Grade 3 released prototype, and it helped me to see one idea of the components of unit plans, lesson plans, and CEPAs. 

First, the unit had an intro:

Table of Contents

Then were the three stages of the unit plan:

Stage One (Desired Results)
G = Established Goals—Standards
T = Transfer
U = Understandings
Q = Essential Questions
K = Knowledge
S = Skills

Stage Two (Evidence)
            CEPA = Curriculum Embedded Performance Assessment
            PT = Performance Task
            Evaluative Criteria (Criteria for Success)
            OE = Other Evidence

Stage Three (Learning Plan)
            Summary of Key Learning Events and Instruction (list of the lessons in order with a quick description)
At the very end of the unit came the following items:
Appendix: Resources for all the lessons in the Unit  
Bibliography of Unit
Bibliography of related resources
There were a lot of lesson plan components for each unit:
Brief overview
Prior Knowledge Required
Estimated Time
Resources for lessons
Content Area
Essential Question addressed in this lesson
Standard(s)/Unit Goal(s) to be addressed in this lesson
Instructional Resources/Tools
Anticipated Student Preconceptions/Misconceptions
Instructional Model
Instructional Tips/Strategies/Suggestions
Formative Assessment
What students need to know and are able to do coming into this lesson (including language needs)
Lesson Sequence
Lastly, the CEPA consisted of the following elements:
CEPA Teacher Instructions
CEPA Student Instructions
CEPA Rubric
These units, lesson plans, and CEPAs give us a good sense of how a unit of study could be constructed and thought through.  Writing these units is hard work, especially when one has to come to consensus with other teachers and their visions for the content.  To read through them provides a vision for planning, curriculum, and instruction. 

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