I believe that using the Understanding by Design (UbD) method makes an effective classroom teacher. Planning backwards ensures that (1) we teach and assess so that students can understand and transfer their knowledge and that we are (2) planning with the end in mind (understanding and transferring knowledge) rather than just covering content.
I feel like creating and adapting Understanding By Design unit plans is one my greatest strengths. I have included some examples of UbD units I have created over my four years at the University of Regina as well as ones I have used during my internship at Melville Comprehensive School.
This unit was created and implemented during my internship at Melville Comprehensive School. This unit is based on ELA B30 outcomes and was created to engage learners through comparing human behavior experiments to Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible.”