Upgrade Your Teaching: Understanding by Design Meets Neuroscience

Upgrade Your Teaching: Understanding by Design Meets Neuroscience

by Jay McTighe, Judy Willis M.D.

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Overview

How can educators leverage neuroscience research about how the human brain learns? How can we use this information to improve curriculum, instruction, and assessment so our students achieve deep learning and understanding in all subject areas? Upgrade Your Teaching: Understanding by Design Meets Neuroscience answers these questions by merging insights from neuroscience with Understanding by Design (UbD), the framework used by thousands of educators to craft units of instruction and authentic assessments that emphasize understanding rather than recall.

Readers will learn


- How the brain processes incoming information and determines what is (or is not) retained as long-term memory;

- How brain science reveals factors that influence student motivation and willingness to put forth effort;

- How to fully engage all students through relevance and achievable challenge;

- How key components of UbD, including backward design, essential questions, and transfer tasks, are supported by research in neuroscience;

- Why specific kinds of teaching and assessment strategies are effective in helping students gain the knowledge, skills, and deep understanding they need to succeed in school and beyond; and

- How to create a brain-friendly classroom climate that supports lasting learning.

Authors Jay McTighe and Judy Willis translate research findings into practical information for everyday use in schools, at all grade levels and in all subject areas. With their guidance, educators at all levels can learn how to design and implement units that empower teachers and students alike to capitalize on the brain's tremendous capacity for learning.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416627340
Publisher: Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development
Publication date: 04/10/2019
Pages: 186
Sales rank: 105,286
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Jay McTighe and Judy Willis translate research findings into practical information for everyday use in schools, at all grade levels and in all subject areas. With their guidance, educators at all levels can learn how to design and implement units that empower teachers and students alike to capitalize on the brain's tremendous capacity for learning.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 How the Brain Learns Best 3

Chapter 2 An Overview of Understanding by Design 22

Chapter 3 Goals: The Drivers of Everything 44

Chapter 4 Brain-Friendly Assessment Practices 69

Chapter 5 Teaching Toward AMT 96

Chapter 6 Brain-Sensitive Teaching Using the WHERETO Model 118

Chapter 7 Creating a Brain-Friendly Classroom Climate 138

Glossary 156

References 173

Index 177

About the Authors 185

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