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Enduring Understandings and Essential Questions

This is part of series of PD for teachers at EIS, who are learning to develop units of study using the Understanding by Design framework.

Denise Cerrato

on 25 September 2012

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EU's and EQ's Enduring Understandings & Essential Questions Essential Understanding

Big ideas in the form of powerful generalizations.

May provide a conceptual foundation for basic skills

Full sentence statements that begin with, “Students will understand that…”
(non-example: Students will understand fractions) Enduring Understandings Think about enduring understandings as the "moral or "lesson" of the unit WE REALLY UNDERSTAND SOMETHING WHEN WE CAN:


-APPLY WHAT WE'VE LEARNED TO NEW SITUATIONS Questions to ask to arrive at an EU
- What’s your unit about?
-What is the desired result of learning this skill/topic?
-Having studied XYZ and learned about…….what will the students come away having understood and able to do in the future?
-What's the point, your reason for teaching these facts?
-if they really understand this concept what will they be able to see and do differently? what makes a question essential? - cause genuine and relevant inquiry
-provoke deep thought, lively discussion, more questions
-require students to consider alternatives, weigh evidence, support ideas
-stimulate rethinking of ideas, and prior lessons
-spark connections with prior learning and experiences
-Naturally reoccur; creating opportunities for transfer
-have no evident yes or no answer November 27, 2012 Tasks for the next session Complete Transfer goals and EUs and EQ's for 2 units. We will conduct a peer review session at the beginning of the PD session. 1. The concept of estimation.
2. The USDA Food Pyramid presents relative, not absolute, guidelines for a balanced diet.
3. Mathematical models simplify reality to enable useful solutions.
4. The price of long-distance phone calls has declined during the past decade.
5. Heating of the Earth’s surface and atmosphere by the sun drives convection within the atmosphere and oceans, producing winds and ocean currents.
6. In a free-market economy, price is a function of supply and demand.
7. Wind is a force of nature.
8. The causes and effects of the Civil War.
9. Statistical analysis and data display often reveal patterns that may not be obvious.
10. The Magna Carta was signed on June 15, 1215. purveyors
content mere
or You have 30 seconds to memorize as many of these words as you can.
Teachers are coaches of understanding, not mere purveyors of content or activity. They focus on ensuring learning, not just teaching. You have 30 seconds to memorize as many of these words as you can. The first act of any learning is that it should serve us in the future.
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