THINKING IN REVERSE: USING BACKWARDS DESIGN IN AFNR COURSE PLANNING
The following professional learning planon backwards design was developed for Illinois Agricultural Educators at the 2021 Summer Conference of the Illinois Association of Vocational Agriculture Teachers. These resources are archived here for free distribution and future use.
Feel as though your lessons, courses, and assessments are lacking? Feel like some days you are simply “covering” information or perhaps exhausting yourself trying to get students to have fun with the lesson? You are not alone! Even the best teachers fall into this situation from time to time, but the answer is in the beauty of intentional curricular design using the backwards planning process. After a brief introduction to the key concepts, workshop participants model the backwards design process by learning while they work together on a shared unit, lesson, or course!
- BEFORE YOU START:
MODULE 1. GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
MODULE 2. THE PROCESS
MODULE 3. COURSE PLANNING
BEFORE YOU CONCLUDE:
- Assemble a small workgroup of 3-5 teachers