Backward Planning a Quality Lesson

Step 1: Design A Target Task


Backwards planning from a lesson aim is good practice. But all by itself, an aim can misrepresent the thinking you *really* want students to do.

On the other hand, backwards planning from a task--one that you've carefully derived from its equivalent skill on your unit assessment--will help you zero in on exactly the thinking you want to see.

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Additional Resources

“Surviving Your Rookie Year of Teaching” MOOC

This free, open-enrollment Coursera class explains 3 high leverage ideas and techniques to help teachers thrive in their first (or fifteenth) year of teaching.

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Our Planning Framework

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