If anyone is interested in Backward Design I have posted a couple of links to PDF overviews in this section. This is the same concept as Idealized Redesign by Dr. Russell Akoff. I have also posted a Link to Akoff’s paper. The first origins of this thinking, that I know of, was with the Alcoa Corporation in the late 50’s. We use the term Imagineering (Tool Time Book). Imagine what would be perfect then re-engineer backward to understand what to do today. Students get this at all levels.
Example: Imagine you can’t wait to come to school to learn fractions, you love fractions, you know fractions upside down and backwards. What would we need to do every day, so that you would have this love and insight for fractions? Sometimes kids will say “that’s not possible.” This is the psychology of the problem. If you have been taught to hate something, it is difficult to think how to love it. If you keep turning to students and saying, “but if it was possible what would we be doing differently every day.” They will eventually start to tell you, then when you do it, they start to realize you are serious and give you even better feedback.
So right you are, the Capacity Matrix concept was created with this type of thinking. (See Beth’s examples in this document section.)