Curriculum development begins with the questions:
1. What should students know, understand, and be able to do?
- Identify Desired Results
2. How will we know if students have achieved the desired results and met the standards?
- Determine Acceptable Evidence for “How We Know Students Know”
3. What sequence of teaching and learning instructional strategies and resources are best suited for the desired results?
- Plan Learning Experiences, Strategies and Instruction
Curriculum that is written in the Understanding By Design (UBD) process includes the following elements:
- Enduring Understandings – those important big ideas that have lasting value beyond the classroom.
- Essential Questions – a provocative question designed to engage student interest and guide inquiry into the important ideas in a field of student interest.
- Content – what we want students to know and understand.
- Skills – what students need to be able to do.
- Assessments – how students demonstrate what they know, understand and are able to do.
- Learning Experiences – how learning occurs with respect to pacing, differentiation and other instructional strategies.
- Materials, Resources – provided in support of the newly designed/redesigned curriculum.