Monday, August 6, 2007

Essential Questions & Other Questions

"If I had an hour to solve a problem and my life depended on the solution, I would spend the first 55 minutes determining the proper question to ask, for once I know the proper question, I could solve the problem in less than five minutes."
~Albert Einstein

Good essential questions can help to engage students and guide instruction, but exactly what makes a question an "essential" question?

One definition:

• a question which requires the student to develop a plan or course of action.
• a question that requires the student to make a decision.

See the following links for further information:

Essential Questions Resources http://region6.mainelearns.org/essentialquestions.html

Questioning Resources
http://region6.mainelearns.org/questioning.html

Enduring Understandings Resources
http://region6.mainelearns.org/enduringunderstandings.html

What are some of your essential questions?

1 comment:

Joe Makley said...

Essential Questions and enduring understandings are foundational to the development of good curriculum units, so you'd think by now all good teachers would have a handle on it. In my experience, though, we still need a lot of work in this area. I posted two PDFs in our district (where a lot of Wiggins/McTigue work had been done previously) that show what we're up against:
Enduring Understandings Memo
Essential Questions Memo