Traveling through the educational blogosphere, it is impossible to not come across Understanding by Design. I must admit, that it is not something that I have studied in depth and not something that I am that familiar with. I will get to it, eventually.
What I do know about it, I don't like. It seems like a linear program designed to guide the learners to a pre-ordained conclusion decided on by the teacher. It does not seem child centered, but rather planning centered. The best unit planning template, in my eyes, is a blank piece of paper.
I don't know. Convince me otherwise. I don't read too many criticisms of it, just praise. I want to hear more perspectives.