Find answers, ask questions, and connect with our
community around the world.

Make Math Moments Academy Forums Mini-Course Reflections Spiralling Math Class How Do I Choose The Big Ideas to Focus On? – Discussion

  • How Do I Choose The Big Ideas to Focus On? – Discussion

    Posted by Kyle Pearce on December 10, 2019 at 3:13 am

    What was your big take away from this particular lesson?

    What is something you are still wondering?

    Share your thinking below.

    Jamie BALLARD replied 1 year, 7 months ago 6 Members · 6 Replies
  • 6 Replies
  • Sarah Albert

    December 11, 2019 at 10:29 pm

    I think this is such a huge step and it is hard to trust our own judge mention when the “textbook” might not agree with our thinking.

  • Lisa Hudson

    June 24, 2020 at 8:41 pm

    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.

  • Andy Neels

    January 20, 2021 at 4:52 pm

    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.

    • Kyle Pearce

      January 21, 2021 at 7:00 am

      Great take aways. It is definitely something that takes time and experience teaching a grade level / course to be able to confidently start interleaving topics in a meaningful way.

  • Anthony Waslaske

    July 25, 2021 at 12:03 am

    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.

    • Jamie BALLARD

      July 31, 2021 at 10:06 am

      I agree! I like to make the “perfect” plan before implementation. “Take action” is my motto right now as I tend to stay in the planning stage for too long.