Starting with an understanding of our instructional outcomes, and working backward to determine teaching steps as well as assessment tools, teachers will make the most powerful move: designing assessment not as an afterthought, but as the backbone of all instruction.
Working backwards, teachers should begin with the question: What do we want students to know, and be able to do? Then the assessments are designed as a key element to “check in” on learning progress, and determine when instruction is successful–or reteaching and changing direction is necessary.
Download: KATC Simple Backward Planning Tool
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