As I work on my Curriculum Design project, I become more interested in Grant Wiggin’s book Understanding by Design. In this book, Wiggins discusses backwards design as an effective teaching strategy. He proposes the idea of thinking with the end in mind. This means that before teachers start planning, they think “What do I want my students to have learned at the end?” On a more broader level, before teachers start teaching, they should think about the goals they plan to achieve throughout the years. I like how we were encouraged to brainstorm a high-stakes project we want our students to create by the end of an instructional unit before we actually planned the unit. Thinking about what we want our students to take away from the unit helps plan what and how we teach it to be most effective.