Four Criteria for Understanding

The understandings for this curriculum were developed with the Unified Community Advisory Board of the TCE Cleanup in Tucson before the teachers began work on the curriculum.

  1. Understand beyond discrete facts or skills by focusing on larger concepts.

    • Ask yourself: Is it worth an adult learning this?
       
  2. Understand the extent in which the topic, idea, or process resides at the heart of the discipline.

    • Ask yourself: What does this have to do with -subject-?
       
  3. Understand the extent in which the topic, idea, or process requires uncoverage (exploration and inquiry).

    • Ask yourself: Are these concepts or processes difficult to grasp and do they tend to lead to misconceptions that need to be challenged?
       
  4. Understand the extent in which the topic, idea or process offers potential for engaging students (through contextualization)?

    • Ask yourself: How is this topic, idea, or process reflected in the studentslives?