By: Sarah Murphy
Classroom instruction must yield student achievement. The time spent with students is too precious for gains not to be made. How can this be accomplished? How are instructors to make sure that every class leads students to achieve in the course as well as on summative assessments and ultimately in college and beyond?
The answer may have surprised some of our Teaching Excellence participants, since the answer is backwards. That is right. Completely backwards. Quality instructors are 100% backwards—they begin with the end in mind. Backwards planning, or backwards design, means that teachers focus on the desired outcome and base all instruction on reaching those outcomes. Coaches tailor their practices to the actions that will result in championship play, and effective teachers must do the same. Teachers created a visual to help make this concept clear at today’s TE Induction sessions.