Sadly, education lost a brilliant researcher and advocate this week when Grant Wiggins, one of the fathers of Understanding by Design, passed away suddenly. While I can add nothing that has not already been said, I encourage you to visit and explore his blog. He has some excellent material on assessment, literacy, social studies education, curriculum design, and more. His loss will be felt for a long time.
Here are three recent posts of his that are relevant for us as social studies and civics educators.
Another post asks an important question, and a frustrating one: why do history teachers lecture so much? In case you can’t tell, he is NOT a fan.
One of the positive things about Dr. Wiggins’ blog is that he is responsive to feedback and participatory in the comments, so he has a follow up post that sort of addresses the question while offering solutions. This post is done by a colleague of his, a practicing history teacher even, that allows Wiggins to give the stage to someone who can sell the point perhaps a little stronger!
I encourage you to remember Wiggins as a leader, and be sure to check out his recent and important work!