Monday, August 19, 2013

Understanding by Design - The Advantages and Disadvantages of Being a Teacher Blogger

There are advantages and disadvantages of being a teacher blogger.  
The advantage is that I get a lot of satisfaction from blogging.  It helps me work out my thinking, especially after a workshop or some kind of training.

The disadvantage, is that sometimes, it haunts me.

Yes, it haunts me. Seriously.

Like, for example, today my district sent committee members to a training on Understanding by Design.  It's a two day training, and includes teachers from all the schools in my district, all levels.  It's great to spend time with some of my colleagues that I don't see that often.  It's always good to talk to other teachers.

Plus, Understanding by Design is a great concept for designing lessons!  With our district adapting the Common Core this year, quite a bit of our curriculum and materials have to be adapted, modified, or rearranged in some way.

I was trained once in UBD, but I'm thinking that was about 15 years ago.  (I believe that because I remember getting a late start due to child care issues.  That "child" is 20 now.)  I think I may have forgotten a few things.  Plus, they know a whole lot more now than they did 15 years ago.

Here is the book we're using in the training.:
It's very easy to read, and goes right along with what we're doing in class!  Lots of great visuals and charts to revisit when we have time!

This is the most recent revision to the original Understanding by Design book by Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe

I suppose you're still wondering why being a blogger haunts me at times like this.

When the instructor poses a question like this one: Twenty years from now, what do you want the students to remember about you? I find myself thinking... I really want to share this with my readers!

When you hear the phrase, Hands on, but not minds on, I think, I really want to share this with my readers!

When I read articles like THIS ONE, I think, I really want to share this with my readers!

When I get recommendations for books like this one:

or this one:
or this one:

You've got it... I just can't wait to share with my readers!

Seriously, check this stuff out, they give some great reasons to think about teaching!

Day 2 of training tomorrow!

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