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4 - Backward Design in Action Session II

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    Learning Objectives

    Participates will be able to:

    • a
    • b
    • c


    Readjusting Our View of the Classroom:

    In active learning classes, students fail less & perform better

    • Students in traditional lectures are 1.5 times more likely to fail
    • Students in active learning classes average > half a letter grade higher

    Freeman et. al: Active learning increases student performance in science, engineering, and mathematics


    The one doing is the one learning. But, how do you decide what they spend timing doing?

    The Role of Deliberate Practice in the Acquisition of Expert Performance


    Backwards Design: 

    Wiggins, G & McTighe, J. (1998). Understanding by design, Alexandria, VA: ACSD


    In the classroom:

    • Critical thinking, problem-solving, cognitively demanding material
    • Active learning
    • Formative assessment

    Out of the classroom:

    • Pre: Low cognitive demand
    • Post: Practice w/ class content
    • Online quizzes
    • Online tutorials
    • Homework

    Active Learning Strategies:

    • Brainstorm
    • Think Pair Share
    • Clicker question
    • Model-based reasoning question
    • Case study/scenario
    • Statement correction
    • Predict-observe-explain
    • Graph reading/interpretation
    • Strip sequence
    • Small group/whole-class discussion
    • Defend
    • Minute paper
    • Concept map
    • Diagram

    Session Slides:

    W3 Montana MoSI Backwards Design II 2019.pdf