Backward Mapping and Forward Looking – Improved Student Outcomes

Jennifer Michalski
As an education and learning consultant, Jennifer Michalski is Director of her own company Michalski Mentoring
This practical workshop supports educators to develop assessment tasks to inform teaching, with a focus on developing and deepening students’ understanding of important...
Target Audience
Secondary - Curriculum Leaders Deputy Faculty Heads Teachers Primary - Teachers Assistant Principals
16 reviews
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Learning Areas

Teaching Standards

General Description

This practical workshop is intended to support educators to develop assessment tasks to inform teaching, with a focus on developing and deepening students’ understanding of important ideas. Looking back to the key concepts and essential questions that underlie standards can help identify learning goals and support the planning of curriculum.

Backward Mapping requires teachers to first think carefully about the desired results and then working backward to develop meaningful assessment and learning plans to improve student achievement.

They key ideas of this course are: identify desired results; determine acceptable evidence; and, plan learning experiences and instruction.

This workshop will look at how to ensure decisions are driven by data, using practical approaches to curriculum design such as templates and evidence based learning. Participants will work through the standards approach, process tools and templates to develop and deepen their understanding of the key ideas.

By asking essential questions like What should students know, understand and be able to do? What results am I looking for? Backward Mapping encourages teachers to think carefully before assessing. Clearly identifying results and appropriate evidence for understanding of the most appropriate learning that can then, be planned and assessed.

In this workshop teachers will develop appropriate professional learning to utilise as a whole school approach. The workshop offers a strategic journey, through Backward Mapping, to develop meaningful assessment and learning plans.

Audience

Secondary -
Curriculum Leaders
Deputy
Faculty Heads
Teachers
Primary -
Teachers
Assistant Principals

Available Delivery Formats

Format Description

In this dynamic practical workshop, Jennifer Michalski will support teachers to develop assessment tasks to inform teaching. Using evidence of potential student achievement, students’ understanding of important ideas will be the focus. Looking back to the key concepts and essential questions that underlie standards will help identify learning goals and support the planning of teaching for learning.

Backward Mapping requires teachers to first think carefully about the desired results of their assessment tasks. Then, work backwards to develop meaningful assessment and learning plans to improve student achievement.

They key ideas of this workshop are: identify desired results from assessment tasks; determine acceptable evidence; and plan learning experiences and instruction.

This workshop will look at how to ensure decisions are driven by data, use practical approaches to curriculum design such as templates and evidence based learning. Participants will work through the standards approach, process tools and templates to develop and deepen their understanding of the key ideas.

By asking essential questions like What should students know, understand and be able to do? What results am I looking for? Backward Mapping encourages teachers to think carefully before assessing. Clearly identifying results and appropriate evidence for understanding of the most appropriate learning that can then, be planned and assessed.

In this workshop teachers will develop appropriate professional learning to utilise in a whole school approach. The workshop offers a strategic journey, through Backward Mapping, to develop meaningful assessment and learning plans.


This course contributes to 5.0 professional development hours.

Occurrences

  Start Date Location Availability Price    
Enrol Now 09/11/2017 Sydney CBD Places available $344 + GST Enrol Now

Sessions

Mapping process

2 hours

With Jennifer, you will explore the main ideas behind The Design Process and Backward Mapping in a practical workshop using a mapping template. This will include the introduction to the workshop and the theory supporting the professional learning.

Workshop practical component

1 hour and 30 minutes

This season will be a practical experience working through the process of Backward Mapping.

Plenary and conclusion

1 hour and 30 minutes

This session will be spent comparing experiences, looking at how to apply this model at your school in the future.

What To Bring

An assessment task that you have not marked.
This will have the benefit of working on ‘real work’ not hypothetical, aligned to your teaching and learning program.

User Rating

4.5

Latest Reviews

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Backward Mapping and Forward Looking – Improved Student Outcomes
by Haider Al-Khalidy on 26/05/2017

A – E system and description.

Backward Mapping and Forward Looking – Improved Student Outcomes
by Alison Bradney on 26/05/2017

Very clear explanations. Practical examples to work through. Thought-provoking questions to think about. Good ideas for future assessment.

Backward Mapping and Forward Looking – Improved Student Outcomes
by LIsa Blanche on 26/05/2017

Very, very informative!

Backward Mapping and Forward Looking – Improved Student Outcomes
by Anne Dineen on 26/05/2017

This was an interesting approach which will really help in scaffolding my tasks.

Backward Mapping and Forward Looking – Improved Student Outcomes
by Drew Stirling on 23/03/2017

I know it’s difficult to have all the manual relate to all the different school settings. I realized I pulled out a few gems that will make a difference to my students' outcomes! Hopefully.

Backward Mapping and Forward Looking – Improved Student Outcomes
23/03/2017

Well dynamic. Appreciated time to apply the course to our own teaching/content.

Backward Mapping and Forward Looking – Improved Student Outcomes
23/03/2017

Good content. A very good opportunity to discuss ideas. Thank you.

Backward Mapping and Forward Looking – Improved Student Outcomes
23/03/2017

I found this course very valuable. It was well structured and clear. I enjoyed the practical component/exchanging ideas with other teachers. Working on a real assessments and learning about being explicit with the success criteria with students and what it looks like. Being clear about what I’m looking for and how to teach this was made clear to me. Jenny was very engaging and facilitated thought discussion.

Backward Mapping and Forward Looking – Improved Student Outcomes
23/03/2017

The practical component was very helpful.Learning how to put this into place and why.

Backward Mapping and Forward Looking – Improved Student Outcomes
18/11/2016

Enjoyable and engaging. Made a lot of sense.

Backward Mapping and Forward Looking – Improved Student Outcomes
18/11/2016

Really thought provoking, helpful to formalise good practice

Backward Mapping and Forward Looking – Improved Student Outcomes
18/11/2016

Good resources provided. Well planned activities. Great presenter.

Backward Mapping and Forward Looking – Improved Student Outcomes
18/11/2016

Thank you Jennifer. Thanks for opening the door to the concept of backward mapping.

Backward Mapping and Forward Looking – Improved Student Outcomes
18/11/2016

Good presenter but more depth was needed.

Backward Mapping and Forward Looking – Improved Student Outcomes
18/11/2016

Very engaging.

Backward Mapping and Forward Looking – Improved Student Outcomes
by Hugh Deck on 18/11/2016

The most useful aspects were the practice effort (based on creating a Melbourne Cup-themed task) and being able to talk through exact nature of breaking down a task and the evidence of achievements.


About the team


Jennifer Michalski

Creator

Jennifer Michalski has been involved in education at international, national, state, regional and local level, with executive management and teaching experience at tertiary, secondary and primary levels.
www.michalskimentoring.com