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Relationships
Do I know about my students’ interests and talents?
Do I help them form relationships with adults and peers who might serve as models, mentors, and coaches concerning their career interests?
Do I help build relationships in the school community and in out-of-school communities for my students?
Relevance
Do I find what I am teaching to be relevant to my students’ interests, including their career interests?
Do I help my students to understand how their learning and work contributes to their community and to the world?
Choice
Do I give my students choices about what, when, and how they will learn and demonstrate their competence?
Do I help my students to make good choices about their learning and work?
Challenge
Do my students feel appropriately challenged in their learning and work?
Are my students addressing real-world , high, and meaningful standards of excellence?
Authenticity
Is the learning and work my students do regarded as significant outside school by their communities of practice and by experts, family members, and employers?
Does the community recognize the value of my students’ work?
Application
Do my students have opportunities to apply what they learn in real-world settings and contexts?
Do my students have opportunities to contribute to solving the problems in their community and the world they are facing?
Play
Do my students have opportunities to explore—and to make mistakes and learn from them—without being branded as failures?
Do my students have opportunities to tinker, experiment, and speculate?
Practice
Do my students have opportunities to engage in deep and sustained practice of the skills they need to learn?
Do I guide my students in practicing correctly?
Time
Do my students have sufficient time to learn at their own pace?
Am I allocating sufficient time for my students to learn--to go deep as well as broad?
Timing
Can my students pursue their learning out of the standard sequence?
Do I help my students to determine what is the right time for pursuing a project or taking a course?