Trying to create significant learning environments can be challenging. As I go about implementing blended learning for my students, I need to keep the focus on the learning goals I want my learners to achieve. Not just what the state says they should learn but what do I want for them as human beings. I can sometimes get lost in the details and have to force myself to step back and really look at the big picture as a whole. So I considered the big picture of what I wanted my learners to take away from the unit before I planned activities and assessments.
In Unit 3 of my 6th grade curriculum, government and civic participation is a big part of what we have to teach. I believe it is also so important for our students to understand how this works and how they can participate. So my BHAG for this unit is that students will communicate to a government leader addressing an issue/problem they are concerned about in the community/state/country, as well as provide solutions to help eliminate the problem.
As my students grow up, my hope is that they will be able to engage and participate in government. Using ideas from Fink, I have created an outline of Significant Learning Goals and outlined goals, activities and outcomes for my learners.
Fink, L.D. (2003) A Self-Directed Guide to Designing Courses for Significant Learning. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.