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Alignment and Backwards Design

One thing that could be addressed more often in teacher education is the importance of instructional alignment when planning lessons. Specifically, aligning assessments and activities to learning objectives / outcomes. Alignment is often taught implicitly, through modeling or having student teachers apply selected teaching strategies that demonstrate best practices in lesson planning.

Backwards design, instructional design The first time alignment was explicitly introduced to me was after I stopped teaching and took a course called Instructional Design through the University of Houston's Learning, Design, and Technology program. I was assigned a book called The Systematic Design of Instruction by Walter Dick, Lou Carey, and James O. Carey to use with course activities and in planning my capstone project. The Dick and Carey model is a backwards-- instructional design model that is very detailed compared to other models out there. As I shifted to working in instructional design and…

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