Based upon some discussion about my re-reading of Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe’s Understanding by Design, I created a wiki for those of you who are interested in exploring this book together this summer and sharing our UbD lesson plans. As the authors say in chapter one, “Backward Design,” “In addition to using the UbD Design Standards for self-assessment, the quality of the curriculum product (unit plan, performance assessment, course design) is invariably enhanced when teachers participate in a structured peer review in which they examine one another’s unit designs and share feedback and suggestions for improvement” (27). I am really excited to try peer review, but I am not sure my colleagues at school would be on board. Let me rephrase. My department head would be interested, and one other member of our department might be, but the final member would consider it a personal affront.
I’m excited about this! Come join us if you are interested in this collaborative project.
Update, 5/30/08: Please read important new information in the comments.