For teachers wanting to re-frame their lesson planning, this information on Teaching for Understanding will definitely give you something to think about. Teaching for understanding draws on the premise that “understanding is a matter of being able to do a variety of thought-provoking things with a topic, such as explaining, finding evidence in examples, generalizing, applying, making analogies, and representing the topic in new ways” (Blythe and Perkins, 1998 ) and providing such thoughtful engagement opportunities when teaching. The framework seeks to answer the following questions:
- What topics are worth understanding?
- What must students understand about the topics?
- How can we foster understanding?
- How can we assess what students understand?
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Source: Blythe, T., & Perkins, D. (1998). Understanding understanding. In T. Blythe (Ed.), The teaching for understanding guide (pp. 9-16). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.