Essential Questions
120 pages
ISBN: 9781416615057


Essential Questions: Opening Doors To Student Understanding

$44.95, Softcover
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Jay McTighe, Grant Wiggins

Unlock the big ideas in your curriculum and unleash your students' thinking skills with essential questions. Authors of the popular Understanding by Design¨ framework explain why essential questions help you:

  • ÒUnpackÓ standards and organise your curriculum around big ideas and core processes.
  • Engage more students in thoughtful inquiry and discussion to promote deeper understandings of content and a culture of inquiry.
  • Signal to students that deep thinking about content is required, not optional.
  • Develop independent learners and foster 21st century skills.

Offering dozens of examples, the authors explore the usefulness of essential questions in all KÐ12 content areas, including skill-based areas such as math, PE, language instruction, and arts education. Their guidance and strategies ensure you know how to:

  • Identify characteristics that make a question "essential."
  • Use essential questions to ÒunpackÓ standards.
  • Design effective essential questions working from many sources including standards, desired understandings, and potential student misconceptions.
  • Use essential questions as a focus for daily classroom instruction.
  • Support respectful and meaningful differentiation.