As a classroom teacher, I like the UbD design template better than Fink’s 3 Column Table. Backward Design is something that I’ve heard about, learned about, and planned with as a teacher, but this was my first time to read this book and really apply the concept in detail. When sharing a course goal with students, however, Fink’s Table seems to be a better choice. As a learner in EDLD 5313, I don’t need to know every detail that the UbD template requires; the 3 Column Table is adequate for my information.
Thinking through my lesson/course design in multiple ways has helped me to really define my course objectives and solidify what it is I want teachers to be doing. I’m excited to implement my innovation plan and watch teachers learn!
|Stage 1 – Desired Results|
· Learners will establish a significant learning environment in their classroom.
· Learners will create lessons in a blended learning format to use in their classroom.
Students will understand that…
· A significant learning environment is essential when implementing a blended learning format.
· A blended learning format is beneficial to student success.
· What will your classroom look like when you begin to implement technology for learning?
· How do students in blended learning classrooms differ from those in more traditional classrooms?
|Students will know…
· What a significant learning environment is
· Various models of blended learning
Students will be able to…
· Identify key aspects of significant learning environments
· Analyze and evaluate various blended learning models
· Write a lesson/unit plan that involves blended learning opportunities
· Explain how lessons/units are improved by the use of blended learning
|Stage 2 – Assessment Evidence|
· Create a lesson/unit plan incorporating blended learning experiences for their students.
· Implement blended learning in their classroom.
· Create videos or blog posts about blended learning in their classroom.
· Participation in online class discussions.
· Self reflection about using blended learning in the classroom, and the changes they’ve seen as they’ve implemented it.
· Blended learning opportunities in many lesson plans throughout the year and ongoing.
|Stage 3 – Learning Plan|
· This course will be implemented using an online format to model blended learning for teachers.
· View videos and read articles about significant learning environments and blended learning models. Use strong videos to show teachers examples of how these things can be very positive for students.
· Reflect on their current classroom and the changes they wish to see.
· Participate in online discussions with classmates about what they are learning and how they’re working to implement it.
· Create a lesson/unit plan that includes blended learning opportunities.
· Participate in lesson planning sessions throughout the year to facilitate the implementation of blended learning.
· Revise existing lesson plans to find ways to improve them with blended learning opportunities.
· Create blog posts and/or videos about blended learning in their classroom.
· Self-reflect about individual learning and the improvements in their students’ learning.