WHERETOs
Tim and Steve
1. Explanation - WHERETO is an acronym that represents a seven-part set of instructional design questions. By keeping each of the seven concepts in mind, an educator can design well thought out lesson plans and larger unit plans. The acronym WHERETO is as follows.
W
Where are we going? What is expected? (ensure the students understand WHERE the unit is headed , and WHY)
H
How will we hook the students? (HOOK the students in the beginning and HOLD their attention throughout)
E
How will we equip students for expected performances? (EQUIP students with necessary experiences, tools, knowledge, and know-how to meet performance goals)
R
How will we rethink or revise? (Provide students with numerous opportunities to RETHINK big ideas, REFLECT on progress, and REVISE their work)
E
(E-2)
How will students self-evaluate and reflect their learning? (Build in opportunities for students to EVALUATE progress and self-assess)
T
How will we tailor learning to varied needs, interests, and learning styles (Be TAILORED to reflect individual talents, interests, styles, and needs)
O
How will we organize the sequence of learning? (Be ORGANIZED to optimize deep understanding as opposed to superficial coverage)

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2. Rationale - WHERETOs is a model to be followed as educators design, implement, and refine curricula in order to maximize student learning.

This is the Stage where specific learning activities (lessons) are planned to accompany each unit.The lessons designed in this stage are should be based on the desired results from Stage 1 and 2.W.H.E.R.E.T.O. is an acronym for planning steps to help meet the requirements of the unit.The acronym does not represent the order to be followed

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3. Example - Thoughtful lesson planning is important to furthering student learning. An example would be a developing a new unit on personal finance. The W is WHERETO stands for Where are we headed. The answer is moving students toward a grasp of what is neccesary to achieve financial independence. THe H stands for the Hook, as in how we hook students interest. The answer is to pose an essential question pertaining to each students future worth or income. The first E stands for equip. We would equip students with a fundamental vocabulary and a token economy. The R and E stands for rethink or revise, both in terms of the teacher and self-evaluation by the student. One example might be to be give formative assessments as a way to diagnose understanding. Another might be to require students to submit graphic organizers as a quick and easy assessment tool which might guide revision. The T stands for tailoring the lesson the learning styles and diversity. In the case we might assign learning groups/small groups to accomodate learning styles. The O stands for organizing and sequencing. An example might be to create a scope and sequence.
4. Student Impact - Students will benefit from a student driven activitiy that places each student in a situation that is unique to them. Each will determine their own way to define person wealth in their own terms. The Understanding by Design model stresses the need for student-driven activities whenever possible. Our fictitious unit on personal finance allows students to choose their own path and gives them greater ownership in building on prior knowledge.
5. What other teachers might find difficult about implementing this strategy - The fact that this is a rather cumbersome. Sone individuals will not have an understnading of having money, keeping an income stream, and building personal wealth. A few days of lessons on these and other related terms and concepts prior to undertaking the beginning of the lesson itself would certainly add additional scaffolding and support student mastery.
6. What we might like or dislike about implementing this strategy - each student will require a certain amount of individual attention. However, the strategies for personal wealth building a fairly common/predicitible outcome. But by using the WHERETO model in the creation of the lesson plan a teacher can greatly increase the chances of a successful lesson.
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