Response to Understanding by Design

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Understanding by Design (UbD) is a new framework in teaching or instruction that is entirely different from the current practice where teachers first select a topic, set objectives, procedures and activities, do assessment, and then give grades. It was introduce because its proponents believe that understanding takes place when the students are able to demonstrate, showcase, or apply their learning than by just having the mastery of the content. Thus, it is now a battle between Content Mastery and Performance Mastery. Understanding by Design (UbD) is known as “Backward Design” because unlike the current practice, the proponents of UbD suggest that teachers should first identify the desired results by giving first the “Big Idea” or understanding the essential question provided. Then, it is followed by determining the acceptable evidence through assessment. This can be done in a form of performance task or through other evidence like quizzes, tests, observations and the like where students can demonstrate achievement of the desired results given earlier. The last step in UbD is the planning of the learning experiences and results. In the last stage, the teacher should be able to think for learning activities that will enable students to achieve the desired results. In summary, Understanding by Design (UbD) is demonstrated by first identifying the result or outcome, followed by assessment, and ended with a learning plan and result.

Through the help of our resource speaker, Mr. Genaro R. Gojo Cruz, I was now enlightened by the concept of Understanding by Design (UbD) and its benefits that it would provide to the students when implemented. It would instill learning and understanding because students’ misconceptions are immediately corrected since assessment is conducted first before the implementation of the learning activities or experiences. Moreover, what is developed within students is performance mastery as they could apply the understanding or learning...
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