As I was packing the car yesterday, I realized that I was following the way my father packed the car He always packed the big things first and then worked the little things around the big things.
I wonder how often we pack the big ideas, the major concepts in the standard, first with students. Do we lead off the unit with telling them about the standard? Do we instruct them directly on the big ideas? Do we give them activities that clearly focus on the big ideas? Do we assess them on the big ideas?
I remember watching a teacher who did a half period introductory activity to the unit. The activity was engaging. However, it did not deal with the big ideas of the unit but with a very minor point.
Do you pack the big ideas first with your students?