Essential Questions. Big Ideas. Backward Design. Transfer. Do these terms sound familiar? You might have heard teachers and other educators use them. They are key components of the Understanding by Design® framework (UbD® framework)—a groundbreaking but commonsense methodology for curriculum, assessment, and learning. At the core of the UbD® framework is the goal that students achieve deep understanding of ideas—not just for "the test," but for life. Grant Wiggins is the co-author, with Jay McTighe, of Understanding by Design and The Understanding By Design Handbook, the award-winning and highly successful materials on curriculum published by ASCD.
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For more information about the UbD® Framework, visit ASCD’s UbD® resource page at http://www.ascd.org/research-a-topic/understanding-by-design-resources.aspx.