Tips for Teaching For Understanding: Understanding Performances

Previously, we summarized what Understanding Goals are and their placement within the Teaching for Understanding framework. Let’s take a look at Understanding Performances to see how they relate.

The major difference between understanding goals (UGs) and understanding performances (UPs) is UGs state what students should understand while UPs are what students do to demonstrate their understanding. Continue reading “Tips for Teaching For Understanding: Understanding Performances”

Tips For Creating a Culture of Thinking to Start the Year

School will be starting soon and we will all be hit with the latest pedagogical trends in an effort to update our practices. There are, however, some things that are universal and transcend trends. Ron Ritchhart raised this question in his plenary talk and, as you can see, it is a fundamental question that gets asked anytime we reflect on our practice: What is the role of teachers?

How you answer this question is highly illustrative of the approach you take in your classroom.

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Project Zero Plenary: Creating a Culture of Thinking Right From the Start

Thinking routines, habits of mind. These are structures that lead towards dispositions – something that was often repeated here at Project Zero. We want to shift away from the occasional behavior and move more towards ways of being. Dispositions are predictable behaviors that encompass values. In order to get to this point, we teachers need to create the culture in which our students will grow into these dispositions.

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