Teachers will learn: • Strategies for introducing students to conceptual learning • Instructional strategies to help students uncover and transfer concepts • How to write concept-based lessons • How to assess for conceptual understanding • How to differentiate in a concept-based classroom • How CBCI aligns with other current best practices and initiatives (like PBL, CCSS, etc.)

What Are the Essential Elements of Concept-Based Curriculum Design?

Chapter 1 What are the essential elements of concept-based curriculum design?

Deep learning, big ideas, “Aha!” moments—most educators aim for a level of comprehension that moves beyond simple memorization. We want our students to not only retain what we’ve taught them but relate it to other things they encounter, using each new situation to add nuance and sophistication to their thinking. We want to empower them and foster a love of learning. Along with dozens of teachers we know, we have spent countless hours trying to find strategies that build a depth of understanding. But we also know from a mountain of research that the average classroom has remained remarkably unchanged over the past 100 years. ...

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