Are the understandings essential to the discipline being studied?
Are the enduring or overarching?
Are they examples of “big ideas” that need to be “uncovered” as opposed to simply “covered” within this discipline?
Do the understandings help to guide my teaching? Do they enable transfer of knowledge to other disciplines?
Are my understandings aligned with my essential questions?
Do my essential questions align with the standards I have chosen? Do they align
with the knowledge and skills required of my learners?
Have I offered students multiple ways to demonstrate their understanding?
Have I considered the variability among my learners?
Have I created at least one authentic performance task using the GRASPS tool?
Does this APT assure that my learners are exhibiting a high level of understanding of the *big ideas* within this unit?
Are my learners aware of the goal for the unit? Do they know why we have set this goal? Do they know what is required of them throughout the unit?
Have I truly “hooked” the students and gotten them excited about the *big ideas* presented within the unit?
Am I engaging my learners in authentic performance tasks? Are they getting the opportunity to get real world experiences as opposed to abstract experiences?
Do my learners have the opportunity to rethink and revise their work with feedback from mebefore getting final assessments? Are the students being challenged by my feedback?
Have students been given tools for self-assessment and reflection? Have these tools helped them to re-evaluate their goals or their learning?
Does it seem like I have a coherent learning plan that my students understand?