How I feel about Long Term Planning...
"Long Term Planning has been known to addicting and extremely impactful. Prolonged exposure to long-term planning is known to increase heart rate, increase risk of motivation, increase investment on day-to-day lesson plans, lead to extreme shifts in happiness and inexplicable jumps in academic success, and in many cases may cause suddens bolts of irritable excitement."
This is how I feel about backwards planning. I still remember the magical moment more than seven years ago in my first year teaching when I really learned and finally appreciated the beauty of Understanding by Design and long term planning in general. Since then, I've been addicted and it's my personal and professional mission to ensure all teachers (at least the ones I work with) also learn to embrace the glories of backwards planning in all aspects of work and life.
So imagine my delight and overwhelming pride when one of our rising second-year teachers designed these slides for an upcoming session on long-term planning to be presented to our first-year Fellows. She even snagged a celebrity endorsement by Jackie Chan for our purposes. That's commitment.
PowerPoints by Hannah Kerne, Teach For China 2012-14 Teaching Fellow