When you are planning a long-term project for your students where do you start and what things do you think about?
I’m trying to plan out my state/regions thematic project which will encompass writing, reading, and art under the umbrella of the SS theme. I have lots of ideas but am sitting here frozen not knowing where to start. I really miss having an awesome teammate to collaborate with in times like these, because I’ve been so lucky to have that in past years.
Any help, tips, ideas, or resources are welcome!
I know we talked yesterday, but for anyone else’s reference: I have come to the side of the backwards planning and I love it. I have trouble thinking about a unit or a lesson in another way these days.
I start by asking myself what I want students to understand, know, and be able to do.
Then, I start thinking about how I’ll know if students will be able to demonstrate these things.
Then, and only then, do I start thinking about learning experiences.
I find that planning this way really makes my instructional goals clearer, and therefore my instruction (most of the time…). I cannot recommend The Understanding by Design Guide to Creating High-Quality Units highly enough. You probably need to have a background in UbD to follow it, but it is a useful tool to help frame your thinking into a backwards plan.