Once I determine what my big ideas will be, I will need to trust my reasoning and judgment about what I chose and why I chose them. I will definitely need to study the way that the TEKS have been organized by the state agency to see if I get some inspiration. I did like the thought of having visual representation as one big idea.
As Kyle says, I like his ideas of taking the curriculum and organizing by topics on sticky notes and see if a “strand” emerges. I also really appreciate the reminder that this is not something built overnight. It’s ok to let this be a work in progress and tackled over a number of months/years.
My takeaway is perfection is the enemy here. There needs to be some tendency toward a reasonable and intelligible system, but there is no one correct way to arrange standards into big ideas. I think identifying a system that makes sense for you and the students will outweigh the silos curriculum documents tend to group standards in.