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Teaching Tips: Backward Design

These sites focus on the Backward Design Model, an instructional design approach that set goals before choosing activities or content to teach. There are online resources to gain understanding of the approach. Includes a presentation, handouts, guidelines, templates, and examples of curriculum using this instructional design model.


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Scroll down on this page to learn more about the three stages of backwards design: 1. Identify desired results, 2. Determine acceptable evidence, and 3. Plan learning experiences and instruction.
This wiki defines backwards design and looks at the model, its variants, links and other resources. NOTE: This site includes ads. NOTE: This site includes a discussion board (message board, forum, etc.).
This online publication explores backward design; specifically discussing the strategy, its advantages and points to additional resources.
This 3-page PDF explains the Backward Design Method, and explores why is it a desirable approach.
From "Understanding by Design" by Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe this chapter explains the rationale for backwards design, looks at the downfall of traditional design, explains the three stages of the process, and discusses design tools that correspond with their design standards.
Review the three stages of Wiggins and McTighe's Backwards design model.
This article looks at backward design through the eyes of a teacher. She shares her journey towards adopting the process. She deconstructs backward design and looks at how to use it to "re-vision" an ELA program.
Starting from page 6 are examples of curriculum using different instructional designs in comparison to backward design.
This 11-page PDF file explains principles used for the backward design process in detail with examples.
Find out what essential questions are and what types of questions are essential questions. Examples are included.

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