This weekend I was thinking about what we teach and how we decide what to teach. I am a big fan of Understanding by Design, or Backward Design Unit planning. I think it makes the most since because it not only forces us to think about what our goals are, but it also helps us realize that we can't and shouldn't teach everything. We have to be selective in what we teach. With that, tonight's topic is Which is more important...
I think many of tonight's questions will prove to be difficult to answer. I want to explain that choosing one doesn't necessarily mean that the other isn't important, but rather you chose 1 to be more important.
Most Questions will start with "Which is more important to teach..."
Q1 A. What are the most important concepts/content of your subject area? #sstlap
Q1 B. How many most important concepts should we have for each subject? #sstlap
Q2 Which is more important to teach Content or Skills? #sstlap
Content and Concepts
Q3 Which is more important to teach- the structure and idea of democracy OR the reality of government in action? #sstlap
Q4 Which is more important to teach- the causes of war or the effects of war? #sstlap
Q5 Which is more important to teach- the ideals of the Declaration of Independence or the actions/events that creates a society that more closely embodies those ideals? #sstlap
Q6 Which is more important to teach, the differences or similarities of world religions?
Q7 Which is more important - what we teach, or how we teach?