Identify some “Big Ideas” you already teach. (10 minutes)
On a sheet of paper, write the name of a curriculum unit you teach, and underneath list one or two Big Ideas you want students to come away with.
Remember that Big Ideas are important understandings that have lasting value for students.
As a group, share and discuss your Big Ideas:
- What for you distinguishes a Big Idea from other concepts or knowledge?
- How do you go about teaching to a Big Idea?
- How do you know if and when students have gained an understanding a Big Idea in a unit you’re teaching?
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