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As many of you know, for the past two years I’ve been doing a graduate diploma program through Simon Fraser University called Learning and Teaching in Today’s Classroom (LTTC). It was a transforming experience – the right program at precisely the right time. Needless to say, I am a vastly different teacher today than I was two years ago. At the beginning of July I completed a final, two week class in the LTTC program. At the end of this class we were responsible for putting together a final portfolio presentation that looked at the different areas of growth we’d experienced in relationship to the goals of the program. I’m attaching a link below that goes to this final portfolio. I’ve tried to make it as user friendly as possible – but keep in mind it was put together under significant time pressure!
Feedback and comments are, as always, completely welcome!
I found this quote in Grant Wiggens and Jay McTighe’s book Understanding by Design (a very worthwhile book to own if you don’t already). It was this quote with its eloquent, simple beauty that really moved me to pursue UBD in my classroom. Unlike Alice, I don’t want my students and I to end up ‘somewhere’ at the end of their time with me; I want to know where I’d like to get to and then move in that direction.
(click on the image to see it better…)