Professional Development – I was fortunate to be able to attend a two-day workshop with Jay McTighe, via the Coast Metro Consortium. Jay’s working partner for many years was Grant Wiggins, who unexpectedly passed away in 2015. McTighe and Wiggins’ books have been very formative for me, particularly Wiggins because of his blog.
I have a couple of McTighe and Wiggins’ books, Understanding by Design and Essential Questions: Opening doors to student understanding, so the content of the workshop wasn’t all that new to me. However, it was a fantastic opportunity to hear about the more subtle aspects of UbD, the kind of thing you can only learn in person. It was also a great chance to collaborate with like-minded people, I feel lucky to have attended. Thanks go out to my Principal, Ranjit Bains, for getting me into the workshop! With respect to my previous post on this blog, Jay really emphasized that “covering content” is not in the best interest of students and that he and Grant explicitly decided to focus on quality rather than quantity. Sacrifices may need to be made in order to achieve the most important things in education. I think that in terms of UbD this means that
To top things off, I was lucky enough to have Jay sit at our table for lunch the second day! Four of us got the chance just to chat about education and share our interesting experiences.
The pictures above come from some collaborative work we did at our table, working on a financial literacy unit for Math 9.