When In Rome…A Journey of Backwards Design and Integrated Instruction

romeYou’re planning a trip to Rome, with the end goal of ordering in Italian a local wine for your date at a restaurant you biked to without a map.

How would you plan to meet this goal?

Would you rather memorize a phrasebook one week, read blogs on intercultural dating the next, trace Google maps the third, then consult a sommelier? OR, would you rather build and integrate these skills in context while traveling through the Italian countryside?

How do your students learn best? How do we best prepare them to perform at a high level to be college and career ready? Is it more effective to learn and apply skills in isolation, or integrate them in meaningful instruction? In either case, we need to plan with the end in mind. Read more