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Teaching for Meaningful Learning

Blogger, Jennifer Gonzalez, writes a cautionary article about the superficiality of “activity-oriented” units.

Neurologist and teacher, Dr. Judy Wills, discusses how UbD reflects insights about learning from neuroscience.

A summary of research on Transfer.

Research on Deeper Learning (a main goal of UbD)

Shaun Killion argues that Knowledge is a prerequisite to Understanding

  • How to Teach for Deep Understanding: The Missing Step


Linda Darling-Hammond makes the case for expanded use of performance assessments.

Noam Chomsky discusses high-stakes testing.

A classic article by Grant Wiggins. Written in 1989, it is perhaps even more timely today.

A modern version of the same ideas by David Perkins

A soon-to-be classic article on “feedback” by Grant Wiggins

A thoughtful article by Grant Wiggins on grading and reporting.

Tom Guskey discusses notable obstacles to reform of grading practices.

Neurologist Judy Willis explains how video games provide insights into teaching.

A seminal article on the power of formative assessments.

A classic article on “big ideas” in mathematics.

Rick Stiggins distinguishes assessments OF learning from assessment FOR  learning.

Marc Chun described the qualities of authentic performance tasks and how to teach toward them.

Conceptual understanding in mathematics – a blog by Grant Wiggins

A classic article about Transfer.

A Venture Capitalist Examines the Purpose of Education

Erik Mazur describes his Interactive Lecture method.

Teacher Ron Berger discusses how to discusses a culture of excellence through authentic, project-based learning.

An excellent summary of the 16 Habits of mind identified by Art Costa and Bena Kallick.

Discusses ways in which Understanding by Design can support programs for ELL.

Excellent article on the teaching of History in Colleges and High Schools.

Seven Principles of Effective Learning – David Perkins uses baseball as a metaphor.

A Research Study of Understanding by Design in Singapore

A teacher “shadows” a student for a day and reports on the experience. A must read for all educators!

A description of an action research study of classroom assessment practices in Donegal (PA) school district.

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