September 29, 2011

Module 3- Learning Log 1

Posted in Learning Logs- Module 3 at 5:46 pm by lmt84

Backwards Design is not a concept I am unfamiliar with. It is one that I have often used myself when planning units/lessons for English 9. Backwards design offers you the opportunity to start with your overall goals and standards. This type of planning allows the lesson to develop around the standard, rather than creating a lesson and then trying to fit it to the standard. I feel that Backwards Design thus ensures a more carefully crafted lesson, as each step of the creation process will tie into specific objectives and thus be a lesson of strong quality.

Backwards Design also offers us the opportunity to again establish, maintain, and increase our collaborative efforts with classroom teachers. This model allows us to join with teachers in order to create a lesson that integrates standards and skill sets from both the content curriculum and school library curriculum. If we want our students to truly develop their information literacy skills, then they should be practicing such skills in all of their content areas. When this occurs, we are giving them the chance to grow into more successful learners.

I like how Backwards Design offers the chance for an authentic learning experience to occur. Backwards Design ensures that we are creating strong lessons that give the students the chance to experience inquiry based learning.  Marjorie Pappas writes, “Inquiry, problem solving, or cooperative learning approaches cause students to take some responsibility for gathering information and applying that information to the construction of a product or performance task” (182). When our students are personally invested in their work, they will bring more effort to their tasks. This can only lead to students thinking more deeply about the information at hand, as well as staying engaged to create a product that reflects their learning experience. Every teacher wants their students to be excited about learning as well as how to showcase their learning in unique ways. I see Backwards Design as the means for the librarian to join with the classroom teacher in order to create units that challenge, offer new technologies, and ultimately inspire students to do great things.

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