Hi Annamae- I am interested in the info you have about essential questions and big ideas. I have been trained in UbD. I am the only art educator in my district that has. Thanks, Amy Schultz (Delaware City Schools, OH)
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Sent: Friday, February 18, 2005 6:30 AM
Subject: Understanding by Design, Mapping and Standards
This discussion has been interesting. I strongly suggest reading the Davis publication, "Teaching Meaning in Artmaking" by Dr. Walker. This was mentioned earlier. That book has come up in many, many threads and it is a fabulous source for Big Ideas and Essential Questions within the context of Visual Art. In fact many resources and links offered now are based on the book, so why not start with the best?
Another GREAT source is a web site by Grant Wiggins and Associates called BIG Ideas! This is the address:
For the past years, like other teachers mentioned, I've planned units using Big Ideas and have actually displayed a curriculum map on my web site with lessons. Dr. Walker was the inspiration. It has been linked to Ms. Decker's site for more than a year.
Recently, I've updated it and it makes much more sense aligning state Standards with Big Ideas and Essential Questions. Please contact me personally if you are really interested in this because I will not post them on the site. Mapping, Big Ideas, Essential Questions and Assessment have interested me for some time and I have developed templates that I'd be glad to share and discuss.
Also, Ohio will offer on-line standards-based, model Visual Arts lessons soon. They are for all levels and based on Big Ideas, Essential Questions, multiple assessments, differentiated learning and attachments to print and use. The lessons are based on research and written and field tested by classroom teachers. I'll let you know when they are available.