Designing significant learning takes thoughtful planning and consideration of a variety of things. It goes beyond content and looks at the students from multiple perspectives: application, integration, human dimension, caring, and learning how to learn (Fink).
Using Fink's guide, I have come up with an overview for my last unit with my 7th grade students on the human body. I have also integrated IB learning philosophy and MYP unit planning concepts, which align with Fink's guide and Understanding By Design practices. The need to think backwards with the "end in mind" is a necessary practice in developing courses and units, but is often put to the side. When learning objectives are thought about and planned for in a proactive manner, the goals for students are black and white and guide the learning environment in the direction it needs to move in.
Fink, L. Dee, PhD. A Self-Directed Guide to Designing Courses for Significant Learning. N.p.: n.p., n.d. PDF.