Gets at deeper concepts: Complex topics are presented as building blocks for students to discover and apply understandings in current and future learning situations.
Has real-world connection: Phenomenon based lessons are more engaging. These lessons require students to tap into their prior knowledge, ask questions, experiment, and defend their ideas.
Interactive: Lesson is student centered and includes hands-on, engaging activities. Student involvement is demonstrated in individual and collaborative work which includes checking for understanding and discussion.
Evidence of reflection and refinement: Teacher thinks deeply about the lesson, trying out ideas, incorporating feedback and refining. The lesson may look simple, but requires much thought into learning outcomes.
Cross-curricular: Each lesson could cover multiple disciplines to enhance the understanding of the subject in order to access big picture ideas.