Authors and summary: This article is written by Jay McTighe and Grant Wiggins. It provides a framework for a three stage framework of teaching. Summarized below:
Thoughts: Seems like a straight forward way of teaching. I don't typically like doing anything without the goal in mind and can't really imagine doing it any other way. The assessment in stage 2 seems to be the difficult part of the framework. I think some understandings can be very difficult assess. However, I do like the teachers as coaches metaphor.
Learning priorities are established by long-term performance goals—what it is we want students, in the end, to be able to do with what they have learned. The bottom-line goal of education is transfer.The point of school is not to simply excel in each class, but to be able to use one’s learning in other settings.