What is backwards design in teaching?

What is backwards design in teaching?

Backward design, also called backward planning or backward mapping, is a process that educators use to design learning experiences and instructional techniques to achieve specific learning goals.

What are the limitations of backwards design?


  • Difficulties in dealing with issues of validity and reliability.
  • Textbooks and content standards do not always explicitly highlight the key concepts that students should learn.
  • This approach provides teachers with little support about how to enhance understanding of their students and the way people learn.

How does traditional lesson plan differ from backward lesson plan?

Traditional planning is focused on the teaching aspect of standards…. in other words, what do I need to teach? In contrast, backwards planning is focused on student learning…in other words, what do my students need to learn or be able to do?

What is needed for successful backwards action planning?

It’s called backward planning, backward goal-setting, or backward design, and it’s used quite often in education and training. The idea is to start with your ultimate objective, your end goal, and then work backward from there to develop your plan.

How do you do a backward plan?

When you plan in reverse, you start with your end goal and then work your way backwards from there to develop a plan of action. For example, if you have a paper to write, rather than focusing on the first steps, you would start by looking at the paper’s due date and identifying the last action you would need to take.

What are the benefits for students and teachers of backward design?

Therefore, backward design is an effective way of providing guidance for instruction and designing lessons, units, and courses. Once the learning goals, or desired results, have been identified, instructors will have an easier time developing assessments and instruction around grounded learning outcomes.

What are the 5 stages of the reverse planning sequence?

COMBAT ASSAULT – 5 stage reverse planning sequence

  • ground tactical plan.
  • landing plan.
  • air movement plan.
  • loading plan.
  • staging plan.