Programming for The Australian Curriculum and Registration

15th July 2013
8.30-8.45 Prayer
8.45-9.15 Discussion
9.15 -11.00 KLA time led by Coordinators
11.00-11.30 Morning Tea
11.30-1.00 KLA time
1.00-1.45 Lunch
1.45-3.15 KLA time

A staff list will be forwarded to all staff allocating them to one KLA area for the day before the end of term. This will be allocated according to your teaching load. Please see me if you have any questions.

Purpose of the Day- To utilise Understanding By Design as a programming tool in order to evaluate and plan our programmes for 2014.
National Teaching Standards- Focus Areas
1.3 Students with diverse linguistic, cultural, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds
1.5 Differentiate teaching to meet the specific learning needs of students across the full range of abilities
2.2 Content selection and organisation
2.3 Curriculum, assessment and reporting
2.5 Literacy and numeracy strategies
2.6 Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
3.2 Plan, structure and sequence learning programs
3.3 Use teaching strategies

Why are we looking at Understanding by Design?

Understanding by Design (UBD) is a way of thinking purposefully about curricular planning and school reform. It offers a 3-stage design process. The primary goal of UBD is student understanding: the ability to make meaning of "big ideas" and transfer their learning.
UBD is the framework used by the Board of Studies and ACARA in designing the new Australian curriculum
The UBD framework is designed to look at what we as teachers want the students to understand about the topic we are teaching. We then break down this big understanding or big idea into smaller questions called Essential Questions (or the outcomes of the syllabus). Then as teachers we ask ourselves what evidence do the students need to show to signify they understand what we are teaching. Once we have worked out what we want to assess we then design our lessons in order to achieve the evidence. These are the three stages to UBD.
The UBD model is a tool used to look at current programs and see if our explicit teaching we are currently using is challenging for the students or meets the outcomes or essential questions we want it to.
Does this mean we have to reprogram everything?
After looking at your program in detail using the UBD framework you should be able to ask yourself, Do the teaching strategies employed in this unit achieve my outcomes I want to achieve explicitly and in the timeframe I want? If they do then there is very little to change in your program. If they don't then your programs may need modifying.

What if you have questions?
Your first point is to post the question on the discussion post of the wiki so if other people have the same question they can all see the response (example on discussion post). Your KLA Coordinator has done professional development on this at a recent meeting so feel free to discuss this with them.

How do I post a question?
Go to the tool bar at the top right of this wiki page and click on the two speech bubbles.
When you get there click on post and then write your question. Your question will be answered asap. Feel free to have a turn at trying to post a question.

The feedback from the last staff development day is that people wanted more time with their KLA on Monday 15th July and would possibly like to pre-read the material that was to be covered on that day. As a result of this I have given a hard copy of a booklet of the material to your KLA coordinator which you may like to read outlining UBD. Also if you open the page UBD and programming on the left menu bar you can access the PowerPoint the coordinators were shown. There are also some articles which may help with understanding UBD.

If you have any questions or suggestions please come and have a chat.

Kind Regards
Adrian