SED 407

Understanding by design

SED 407
Prof. Napolitano

UbD response

“Understanding by Design” provides a curriculum planning framework for organizing big ideas for learning into manageable and assessable lesson plans.   The framework describes effective learning as a “Backwards” scenario.  Beginning with analyzing what is to be learned; the big picture, followed by the essential questions: the big picture objectives, then developing pre, during and post assessment techniques.  Only then can one create truly effective lesson plans.  The concepts of a Big Picture and Essential Questions align perfectly with the design and development of thought provoking effective units and lesson planning, and direct explicit teaching that I am currently exploring in SED 406 and FNED 346. 

Module A, part one of the concept “Understanding by Design”, gives a descriptive account of what is considered the Big Picture.  While reading, (before reaching "What Is Understanding?" on page 6) I had a bit of a knee jerk reaction to the word “understanding”.  Bloom’s Taxonomy discourages using “understanding” as an objective behavior because it is difficult to measure without additional context or explicitly defined conditions.  I continued to read "What Is Understanding?" and was pleased that my concern was addressed (to my satisfaction, as if that matters!).

In Module F, part 2 of “Understanding by Design”, the essence of an essential question is explained.   Similar to the objectives used by Bloom, the essential questions are objectives for students to achieve, but are a bit more open ended. They could be answered with a "yes" or "no" but encourage further inquiry by the phrasing of the questions.  They provide a jumping off point for true learning.  These Essential Questions aid the teacher in focusing a unit while prioritizing appropriate issues. 

Using both Modules, A and F, teachers and unit designers, should be able to develop “thought-provoking essential questions related to the unit topic and understanding goals” and “precisely state the desired understandings as full-sentence generalizations.”  ( p.70)

This approach, consistent with the principles I am working with in my other Education classes, provides additional consistent supporting tools for the development of good unit design.  It also supports the reflective approach to teaching.  With gratitude, I have added them to my toolbox!

SED 407

Literacy Profile

Prof. Janine Napolitano

For the past 27 years I have been managing an Art Licensing Studio, "viv", creating images for the Gift, Stationary, and Home Furnishings Industries.  As with many disciplines, Licensing Art is a world upon itself.  There is a lanquage, a vocabulary, of which an artist's success is balanced.  Once a year, I would exhibit at the Surface and Textile Design Show.  Presenting at SURTEX is still considered vital to the success of any Licensing Design Studio.  It is an annual opportunity to establish working relationships with clients needing artwork for flat and dimensional gift product.  When I entered this industry, there was no mentoring, I had 
to learn on my feet.  And I learned quickly how important it was to understand the vernacular of Licensing, and consequently speak fluently with this language, often with no preparation.  The following is an advertisement published in a Trade Publication, May of 2009.  I purchased the space to present my newest work, as well as to announce my participation in the upcoming trade show. 

What a year is has been at the Viv Studio.  An undeniably shifting economy 
has had the effect of presenting artists everywhere with opportunities,
new, different and unexpected.  In the Viv studio, the challenge has 
been met with focused productivity, and a steady purpose.
Viv Paints to make herself smile.  Making her family and friends smile is true success.

Always one to credit her past, (after all today will soon be yesterday), Viv's newest work continues to embody the creative breadth, charm and wit, and market savvy that her audience has come to expect.
For many artists, experimenting with the creative process is a natural, joyful, and sometimes painful process.  This could not be more true than for Viv right now.  With the emergence of new media being developed for the craft and hobby industry in particular, and all the traditional tools in combination with digital applications, the process of achieving a marketable image has more possibilities than ever before.
 So Viv has been painting, sculpting, sewing, collecting rusty things, in short learning to create in brand new ways with fresh new palettes.  Viv's strengths, her passion, intuition, attention to detail, not to mention her ability to shake things up stylistically, and her belief that laughter truly is the best medicine are a constant presence in the underlying framework of everything she touches.  The result, new collections with some terrific new product.  For more information please call the studio and Viv would be happy to speak with you.

From the language it appears that an outside source has interviewed and written about my studio.  The reality is that the entire magazine contains not articles, but advertisements written by 
the designers themselves to promote their studios.  This trade magazine is an advertisement for 
these designers' presence at SURTEX, and is distributed to manufacturers all over the world.  
Exhibiting at this show is considered vital to the success of any licensing Design Studio.  It is an 
annual opportunity to establish working relationships with clients needing artwork for their gift 

Company representatives, Presidents and Art Buyers walk the show floor, and your job is to 
get them into your booth.  Your goal is to inspire the manufacturer to want to work with you.  Using the language of licensing to properly articulate your knowledge base is as important as the artwork hanging in your booth.  "Yes I can reformat anything you see to your specs."  "Yes I can deliver that virtually to your factory in China in a Psd. CMYK format"  This is what assures them that you were a well versed Licensing Professional who understood their needs.  Trend forward, prototype, bleed, attachments (not a computer file). category. mass vs specialty, file format, specs, PMS color systems, turn around views, territory, term, advance, royalty, residuals, collections, flat fee, kill fee, sentiment and season are just some examples of widely used licensing terms.  If you don't understand the language you will not understand what the client needs and you may spend your time completing a project that will have to be completely redone, only if there is time to redo it.  With the bulk of manufacturing done overseas, communication becomes even more critical when submitting factory drawing with "call outs" for materials and colors to people who may not speak the same language.  In addition, for every relationship there is a contract, and each is unique to the terms agreed upon.  Over time you would begin to understand the legal terminology, if not, you would have to pay a lawyer who would.

In the 90's with the advent of computers, studios had to embrace the design software and learn to create digital files and then communicate effectively using key words about the new formats.  Today the phone is almost considered a nuisance as email and texting can quickly reach anyone at any time.  In life everything leaves an impression, and thus affects your relationships, all of them.  What I have learned in my years managing the studio is that if you want to be treated as a professional, and taken seriously in any world.  You need to communicate like one.  In all three of my education classes at RIC, I am encountering words I have heard before, but their contexts are new.  With determination I am learning their meaning so I can participate effectively in class, and eventually in the classroom.

More than anything I love my work, I love being creative, and I love talking about it.  And I will not stop ever. . . . It will become a true labor of love as I turn to teaching as my new life and career.

SED 407

Prof. Janine Napolitano

Interest Inventory

As I am officially gearing up to teach at the high school level, I have created two Interest Inventories

 as I believe the questions need be a bit different in order to be effective.

 Interest Inventory Highschool:

    What is your favorite part of the day?

    What is your least favorite part of the day?

    What are your favorite classes?

    Do you have favorite teachers?

    What kinds of activities do those teachers use that makes class interesting?

    What are your least favorite classes?

    What is it about those classes that "turns you off"?

    Do you have access to a computer outside of school? at home?

    What kinds of extracurricular activities do you participate in school?

    What do you do outside of school?

    Do you have a favorite sport you like to play or watch?

    Do you have hobbies or interests?  Share them!

    Do you have a job?

    What do you do with your friends?

    Do you have a favorite movie or movie type?

    What about music, what do you like to listen to?

    Who in your family do you like to hang out with?

    Do you have a pet or pets? if so what kind and what are their names?

    Do you have any phobias, animals you are scared of?

    What things bother you in life?

    What is something you have done that you are proud of?

    Where in the world would you like to visit?

    What was the last thing that made you laugh really hard?

    Have you stopped laughing?  What is the best email to use to get information to you.

Interest Inventory for Elementary School.
WelcomeI am happy you are here!

    What is your favorite part of the day?

    What is your least favorite part of the day?

    What do you like about school?

    What do you dislike about school?

    What 5 words can you use to describe yourself?  (funny, quiet, friendly)

    What is your favorite subject or subjects?

    Why do you like them so much?

    What kinds of books do you like to read?

    What kinds of movies do you like to watch?

    What do you like to watch on TV?

    Do you have a computer at home?

    Do you have any pets? what are their names?

   What is your favorite color?

Thank you for sharing!

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