Here are the first three (click through for the rest):
- Start with the standards. Identify the content, skills, and concepts you plan to cover in a specified unit of time, such as in a three-week period.
- Think application. Ask yourself, “When would someone use this knowledge in the real world? So what? Why?”
- Think authenticity and relevancy. Students always want to know why they have to learn something. Authentic assignments show them why! Students are more motivated when they’re given work that is realistic and that reflects something they might actually have to do in the real world, beyond school doors. Here’s what inauthentic vs. authentic assignments look like:Inauthentic: Create a model of an ecosystem and describe the lifecycle and food-chain relations to it.
Authentic: A local building contractor is planning to bulldoze all of the trees in a nearby copse. These are some local groups appealing to save the trees. Your job is to identify one type of tree indigenous to the area and design a presentation to convince the contractor to spare the trees based on the impact it will have on the local ecosystem. (Sulla, 23)