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Understanding by Design: Professional Development Workbook Paperback – March 15, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0871208552 ISBN-10: 0871208555

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  • Paperback: 295 pages
  • Publisher: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (March 15, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0871208555
  • ISBN-13: 978-0871208552
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,460 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jay McTighe brings a wealth of experience developed during a rich and varied career in education. He served as Director of the Maryland Assessment Consortium, a state collaboration of school districts working together to develop and share formative performance assessments. Prior to this position, Jay was involved with school improvement projects at The Maryland State Department of Education where he directed the development of the Instructional Framework, a multi-media database on teaching. Jay is well known for his work with "thinking skills," having coordinated statewide efforts to develop instructional strategies, curriculum models, and assessment procedures for improving the quality of student thinking. In addition to his work at the state level, Jay has experience at the district level in Prince George's County, Maryland as a classroom teacher, resource specialist, and program coordinator. He also directed a state residential enrichment program for Gifted and Talented students.
Jay is an accomplished author, having co-authored eleven books, including the best-selling Understanding by Design series with Grant Wiggins. He has written more than thirty articles and book chapters, and has published in a number of leading journals, including Educational Leadership (ASCD) and The Developer (National Staff Development Council).
Jay has an extensive background in professional development and is a regular speaker at national, state, and district conferences and workshops. He has made presentations in forty-six states in the U.S., seven provinces in Canada, and eighteen countries outside of North America on six continents.
Visit Jay's website -- jaymctighe.com

Customer Reviews

I think they should come up with a computer program to make it even easier, but hey, writing is good practice.
Shaun Paul
This book is great for teachers because it provides information and examples about how to create or design fantastic lessons for your subject.
Sami Alshehri
The templates and other tools are user-friendly and make the application of UbD much more straightforward than using the original text alone.
J. Smith

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. Smith on May 12, 2007
Format: Paperback
I have used this resource again and again when working with teachers who are either just starting out with unit design in a UbD framework, as well as with those who are quite familiar with the model. The templates and other tools are user-friendly and make the application of UbD much more straightforward than using the original text alone.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Owen on October 13, 2007
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This book not only provides clear examples of the work that it supplements, it is effective for planning beyond lessons alone. It enables one to plan for school wide or system level comprehensive approaches. An excellent application of the "Begin With the End in Mind" as advocated by Stephen Covey's work.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia R. Diefert on February 19, 2009
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This book is priceless when designing lessons "backwards"! I found it to be more useful and comprehensible that the actual text "Understanding by Design". This workbook is worth the money to ensure your teaching focuses on what is significant! It has many examples in different content areas and BIG IDEA explanations that will help you understand how to apply backward design to your area of specialty.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. F. Garcia on July 21, 2007
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Clear user friendly guide for effective use of UbD for planning.
Understanding by Design: Professional Development Workbook
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Maritza Gudiño on November 3, 2006
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This book complements in practical form the ideas presented in Understanding by Design (UbD). I am using this book as a guide for the design of courses online in higher education. Both have been a wonderful aid to rationalize the amount of resources that I must include in the courses online that I am developing. They are effective tools to determine in concise form and practices the synchronous or asynchronous activities that must make the learners as it demonstrates the intentions reached from the "big idea". I recommend them widely to obtain the deep learning.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Shaun Paul on October 2, 2007
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Understanding by design was recommended to me by one of my teachers. This book helped me understand how to approach lesson planning. Backwards design is an excellent way to design curriculum. The templates are very helpful, and almost mindless even. You just have to know what your goals are, and the templates help you do the rest.
I think they should come up with a computer program to make it even easier, but hey, writing is good practice. I rated it four stars, because I haven't found some of the information int he back too helpful- of course I haven't thoroughly read it. I guess it's there for something, but I'm a stickler for not including unnecessary information.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Century Bank on February 22, 2009
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I bought this book as a textbook, but am finding it to be a valuable tool in a teacher's repertoire to make lessons thought provoking and transferable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Diane Kempley on June 30, 2011
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This workbook is a great support for the Understanding By Design book. It has multiple examples of the UbD design as well as templates for developing each component of your own unit design. It is not a stand alone book- designed to be used in conjunction with the Understanding By Design book or Understanding By Design Guide to Creating High-Quality Units book by Wiggins and McTighe.(Newest version of UbD.)
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