The way I plan starts very broad, and then becomes detailed. I plan by creating a mindmap of all of the units I'm going to teach first, and determine the learning goals for each unit based on state standards, the keywords, and my two focus questions for each unit. Then I create an exam based on these learning goals and focus questions. Using the exam, I create a skills toolkit that the students can use to check off their understanding of each skill. I'm still looking for a way that I can implement some type of formative assessment into my units so they have an explicit time when they can test each skill and either check it off or not, because most aren't doing it on their own. Then using that skills toolkit, I broadly plan each lesson first by weekly focus, and then what I'm going to do for that day. And then I do daily lesson plans that go into detail exactly what we're doing that day. Anyway, others who I have shared this with, said it sounds like teaching to the test, because I base my lessons on the skills toolkit which is directly based off of the exam I write. Would this be considered teaching to the test? Is teaching to the test in this case really even that bad? I want my students to feel capable on my exams.