The list of my considerations is in no particular order…
1. What standards do I need to address? Concepts?
-The answer to this helped me focus and be intentional and #4, #5.
2. What do my students care about?
-The answer to this helped create an essential question and overarching theme and #3.
3. What is happening in the world, nation, state, community?
-The answer to this helped create relevant connections and design the assessment and #1, #5.
4. How can their learning benefit someone outside of our immediate classroom?
-The answer to this was given by students, most of the time inspired from #3, #5.
5. What learning will happen that transcends my content?
-The answer to this was often found and connected to the concepts and #1, #3
6. How will students demonstrate their understanding?
-The answer to this often involved student choice, making and creating related to #3, #4.
7. How can students be inspired and energized during this learning?
-The answer to this often involved collaboration with global connections/professionals, #9.
8. If I am required to teach or use _________, how can I make it matter?
-The answer to this varied in difficulty…but always involved #3, #4.
9. How will I plan for discussion and debate?
-The answer to this involved a pre and post backchannel with statements related to future readings and #1, #2, #3.
10. How will I include music, TED, video clip, poetry, short story, history, current event?
-The answer to this involved connecting the media to the essential question and concept. As well as providing opportunity for students to make those connections and #1, #2, #3.