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Big Ideas

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Transcript of Big Ideas

WHAT'S THE BIG IDEA?
THE BIG IDEA
What’s the Big Idea?
Enduring Understanding
Essential Questions
Knowledge & Skills
Assessments
Road map

WHAT WE'LL COVER
Is it relevant to your students’ lives now & in their future?
Does it have multiple real-world applications?
Will it be true for your students' children?
Will students think about & remember it outside of the classroom?
Does it answer the questions you are exploring through your essential questions?
Is it supported by facts & observations?
ENDURING UNDERSTANDING
One sentence about what you want your students to know about your big idea 30 years from now.
ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS
Provocative questions that will help guide student inquiry and understanding of the big idea.
KNOWLEDGE
What we want and need our students to know
WHERE CAN I UNCOVER BIG IDEAS?

Developed from concepts
Theories
Debates
Perspectives
Paradoxes
Principles
Assumptions
Common Core Standards
A powerful generalization about the way the world works
A QUESTION IS ESSENTIAL WHEN IT:
Causes genuine & relevant INQUIRY into big ideas &core content
UNCOVERS, rather than covers, the subject
Provokes deep thought, lively discussion, sustained inquiry, and new understanding as well as more questions (Bonus: it's arguable)
Requires students to consider alternatives, weigh evidence, support their ideas & justify their answers
Stimulates vital, on-going RE-THINKING of big ideas, assumptions & prior lessons
Sparks meaningful CONNECTIONS with prior learning & personal experiences
Naturally reoccurs, creating opportunities for transfer to other situations & subjects
Beginning with the end in mind
Preparing students for
THEIR

FUTURES
instead of OUR PAST
NEED TO KNOW
(STANDARDS)
NEED TO KNOW
WANT TO KNOW
(SKILLS & ENDURING UNDERSTANDINGS)
+
“Students choose appropriate units of measure, and use ratios to convert within and between measurement systems to solve problems.”
MEASUREMENTS & RATIOS
CAN MATH HELP ME WIN?
Pay off your college loans
Be a NASCAR winner
A smart shopper
A successful CEO
(EXAMPLE)
(EXAMPLE)
A BIG IDEA will SWALLOW smaller
otherwise isolated content...lending
itself to MEANINGFUL, AUTHENTIC
and RELEVANT activities.
STUDENTS'
INTERESTS
THE
SWEET
SPOT
What do you want students to take away from their exploration?
SKILLS
What our students will be able to do
(This is where our standards come in)
(Lifelong skills gained from the lessons and tasks at hand)
KNOWLEDGE
What we want and need our students to know
SKILLS
What our students will be able to do
(This is where our standards come in)
(Lifelong skills gained from the lessons and tasks at hand)
DESIGN ASSESSMENTS
How will you know your students "got" the big idea?
GAME DAY
Create opportunity for a REAL AUDIENCE

GAME STRATEGY
Design assessments before the lesson, so it informs your instruction

TEAM MEETING
Share assessments with your students ahead of time, so it guides their performance

DRILLS
Check for understanding throughout the unit
Create opportunity for self-evaluation
Assess students on ALL learning goals (what they'll know & what they'll be able to do)

SCRIMMAGE (PRACTICE RUN)
Create opportunity for a safe practice run
Allow for peer assessment
GUIDING QUESTIONS
Questions that lead to uncovering and understanding the essential question.
Allow you to break down your essential question into smaller, more targeted questions
Allow you to customize the exploration of the essential question to your specific subject area, or the specific task at hand
ROAD MAP
#1 Start with ISSUE
Surveys & Audits
Guest presenters
Field trips
Multimedia
#2 Explore SOLUTIONS to inspire hope
Hands on projects
Expert speakers and organizations
Eco heroes
#3 Create the "GAME DAY"
Provide an opportunity for them to shine
Schedule in your strategy session, team meeting, drills & practice run
Break the unit into day-by-day activities for your particular course
TIPS & REMINDERS
Approach planning it in the order that works for you and your team -- when done properly, you will probably be revisiting different sections many times throughout the planning process
The "BIG IDEA" planning worksheet from the Green Ambassadors curriculum is available to help guide you through this planning process
Incorporate Field trips, guest speakers & experts that provide authentic experiences and make it easier on you
It takes a lot of time...be willing to commit a lot--A LOT--of time figuring out those big holistic ideas. It takes time to integrate subjects meaningfully.
Guiding Question #3
Guiding Question #2
Guiding Question #1
Guiding Question: How can I be part of the solution?
Activity:

Encourage
recycling
on campus
Activity
Activity:

Build a
compost
bin
Guiding Question #3
Activity
Activity
Activity
OUR STANDARDS
Guiding Question: Am I Wasteful?
Activity:

Field trip to local landfill
Activity:

Visit recycling center
Activity:

Trash Audit on campus


"RECYCLING"
NATURAL & MAN-MADE CYCLES
MEASUREMENTS & RATIOS
MATH AS POWER!
Probability
Interest Rates
Success
RECAP
Start with what you want: The "AHA"
Provide multiple opportunities for students to demonstrate they get the "big idea”
Make it fun!
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