UNIT DESIGN MODEL
a model that communicates a set of learning experiences to be adapted
Following a summary of basic unit information including essential questions, unit focus and standards addressed, the unit design model is broken into four sets of experiences that are communicated through descriptions of in-class activities that promote understanding through a specific lens of learning.
setting the theme in the student's world view
providing knowledge and demonstrating skills to be learned within the unit
structured opportunities for students to engage with ideas, skills and materials
providing parameters within which students create unique products and performances that allow them to use ideas, skills and materials, with independent decision-making facilitated by teachers
The four sets of experiences are rooted in the Dimensions of Disciplinary Understanding as described by Boix-Mansilla, a principal investigator for Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. While there is not a direct, one-to-one correlation, each experience strongly reflects a dimension and the dimension can be seen as a guide when developing goals for in-class experiences.
why does it matter and how do we involve students in the process of understanding
building a web of information encompassing the fundamental concepts of the discipline
engaging processes of inquiry that are specific to the discipline
communicating understanding with a focus on the ways in which the student uses the the language of the discipline as a tool of communication and expression