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Essential Questions : Opening Doors to Student Understanding
Jay McTighe/Grant Wiggins
Essential questions (EQs) help target standards as you organise curriculum content into coherent units that yield focused and thoughtful learning. In the classroom, EQs are used to stimulate students' discussions and promote a deeper understanding of the content.
Offering dozens of examples, Essential Questions: Opening Doors to Student Understanding explores the usefulness of EQs in all P–12 content areas, including skill-based areas such as maths, PE, language instruction and arts education. As an important element of the backward design approach to designing curriculum, instruction and assessment, Essential Questions:
Gives a comprehensive explanation of why EQs are so important;
Explores seven defining characteristics of EQs
Distinguishes between topical and overarching questions and their uses;
Outlines the rationale for using EQs as the focal point in creating units of study; and
Shows how to create effective EQs, working from sources including standards, desired understandings and student misconceptions.
Learn how to create a culture of inquiry so that all members of the educational community – students, teachers and administrators – benefit from the increased rigour and deepened understanding that emerge when essential questions become a guiding force for learners of all ages.