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unwrapping unpacking standards

Unwrapping & UnpackingStandards

“focused alignment of curriculum, assessment , and instruction”

why backwards planning and unpacking the standard
Why Backwards Planning and Unpacking the Standard?



why backwards planning and unpacking the standard1
Why Backwards Planning and Unpacking the Standard?
  • To ensure that what we teach is strictly aligned to the standards.
  • Allowing teachers to let go of things that are not essential.
  • Better prepare our students for exams and assessments.
  • Ensure that our students are better prepared for college and/or careers.
  • Allow a discussion point and basis for PLC groups.
  • Start the groundwork for year plans, unit plans, and common assessment.
why unpack the standard
Why Unpack the Standard?
  • Unpacking is essential to identify the “big ideas” and core tasks contained within.
  • Currently, standards are written in a format that teachers and students see as too many, too big, too small, or too vague
  • Statements contained in the content standards are nebulous that they practically guarantee that different teachers will interpret them in different ways, thus defeating the intentions of the entire standards movement--clear, consistent, and coherent educational goals.
unpacking the standards
Unpacking the Standards

Unpack and sort into piles

  • Targeted for assessment (CST/CAHSEE)
  • Essential
  • Nice to know
unwrapping the standards
Unwrapping the Standards
  • Breaking down the individual standard into its component parts.
  • 1) Content
      • What you want the student to know and do
  • 2) Context
      • How you want the student to use the content
  • 3) Enduring Understanding
      • Students will understand that……
  • 4) Essential Questions
      • Provocative questions to guide teaching and learning
  • Identify the standards to be tested.
  • Reduce the number of standards to be assessed per assessment.
  • Align curriculum, assessment, and instruction.
  • Make Year Plans more meaningful and usable.
unpacking assessment
Unpacking Assessment
  • Unpacking is assessment driven
  • CA Blueprints
  • Vertical and Horizontal Articulations
unwrapping instruction
Unwrapping Instruction
  • Unwrapping aids in determining instruction.
  • Develop clear Understandings.
  • How are students going to use the content?
  • What Essential Questions will engage the student to achieve mastery?
  • World Geography Standard:

The student will analyze the regional development of Asia, Africa, the Middle East, , Latin America, and the Caribbean, in terms of physical, economic, and cultural characteristics and historical evolution from 1000 A.D. to the present day.

example of unpacked standard
Example of Unpacked Standard
  • Standard Unpacked:

The geography, climate, and natural resources of a region influence the lifestyle, culture, and economy of its inhabitants.

  • By unpacking the standard in this fashion, we now have a larger conceptual lens through which we can explore any geographic region over time and compare regions.
essential questions
Essential Questions
  • As a result of unpacking the standard, meaningful essential questions can be rendered.
  • Essential questions are open ended and designed for students to draw on their own experiences to allow for deeper understanding of the content.
  • Example: How does where you live, influence who you are?
  • Example: Why do you live here? What factors would cause you to move to another area?
ubd and plc
  • Unpacking the standard is the first of many steps in setting up curriculum in UBD.
  • By unpacking the standards in your PLC groups, you will have the benefit of having meaningful conversations with your colleagues about the standards.
  • You will also be able to work more closely with your colleagues to ensure that you are aligning your lessons to the standards.
  • Then as a PLC team, you can develop common essential questions, activities, formative assessments, and learning experiences to be used in your classes.
ubd and dii
  • As a final result, you will have the ability to use the DII strategies that you already are familiar with to improve learning.
  • Students will have a more focused standard to work with that allows for them to have a greater understanding of what needs to be learned.
  • UBD Curriculum DII Instruction
  • Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe

Understanding by Design Second Edition and Professional Development Workbook. 2005

  • Val Verde Unified District UBD Trainings and Notes (Dr. John Brown)