What are Big Ideas?. Teaching for Understanding Making our courses more effective. This is a message from your system AER committee…. Please don’t shoot the messenger! Do you feel confused by all of the AER terms and concepts? AER Terms Prezi
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Teaching for Understanding
Making our courses more effective
This is a message from your system AER committee…
Do you feel confused by all of the AER terms and concepts?
AER Terms Prezi
Teach for content mastery
Discrete skills or facts out of context
“Linear” superficial coverage
Text as Curriculum
Help students learn to use content and understand
Draw on skills in realistic contexts & authentic tasks
A curriculum based upon reoccurring “big ideas” and core tasks
Text as a resource in support of learning goalsU by D demands a shift in focus
Stage 1: Identify Desired Results
Expectations to Big Ideas to Essential Questions to Skills and Knowledge needed to achieve this
Stage 2: Determine Acceptable Evidence
“Begin with the end in mind”
Think about what Core Tasks; Performance Tasks or demonstrations of learning will provide valid evidence of a student’s ability to achieve the desired results
Stage 3: Plan Learning Experiences
Plan lessons in a structured way under the umbrella of essential questions.
-unpacking the Overall and Specific Expectations
-Makes you think of Core Tasks (Performance Tasks) & Assessments
Standard (we call them expectations)
Students will compare and contrast (purposes, sources of power) various forms of government in the world (e.g., monarchy, democracy, republic, dictatorship) and evaluate how effective they have been in establishing order, providing security and accomplishing common goals.
Verbs (How students will show what is required)
Nouns (What students are required to know)
Forms of Government:
Big ideas are revealed, not identified, through…
“all forms of measurement contain errors”
6. Is it transferable to new situations and learnings a student will meet in the future?
7. Is it abstract, not obvious?
8. Is it counterintuitive?
9. Is it prone to misconception?
10. Does it allow students to ask and re-ask questions to clarify and uncover the idea as they go through the course?