ERIC Number: ED407413
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Learning in Overdrive: Designing Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment from Standards. A Manual for Teachers.
Mitchell, Ruth; Willis, Marilyn
The most important issue in education today is helping students reach high standards. These standards are changing American education from a system driven by inputs and regulations to one judged by results. This manual is intended for use with any set of standards. Followed step by step, it will take the teacher from the abstract statements of the standards to units of instruction. The process begins with the standards and shows teachers how to connect them into interdisciplinary clusters, how to devise real-world tasks that embody the standards, and how to break the unit into learning segments that enable students to complete the tasks and attain the standards. The nine steps to standards are listed as: (1) "Selecting Standards"; (2) "What's in a Standard"; (3) "The Legbone's Connected to the Kneebone"; (4) "The Real World"; (5) "The Final Culminating Task"; (6) "Mapping Backward from the Culminating Task into Learning Sections"; (7) "Rubrics and Scoring"; (8) "Polishing the Stone"; and (9) "Seeing the Whole." Appendixes list standards documents, present forms to use in the curriculum development process, and summarize the nine steps. Step Seven includes a detailed explanation of performance assessment, with discussion of portfolios, exhibitions, and the construction of rubrics. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Curriculum Development, Educational Assessment, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Design, Interdisciplinary Approach, Performance Based Assessment, Scoring, Scoring Rubrics, Selection, Standard Setting, Standards, Teaching Methods, Test Construction
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
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Note: Assisted in authorship by the Chicago Teachers Union Quest Center.