Backwards Planning

Backward design is a method of designing an educational curriculum by setting goals before choosing instructional methods and forms of assessment. It typically involves identifying the desired results, determining acceptable levels of evidence to support those results, designing culminating assessment tasks and a range of assessment methods, and designing activities that will make the desired results happen.

The idea is to teach toward the "end point" or learning goals, which ensures that content taught remains focused and organized. This approach challenges traditional methods of curriculum planning where a list of content is created or selected before planning assessments and lessons.

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