Daily we pose questions to students with different purposes that take on many forms. Teaching to big ideas involves posing a particular kind of question. A question that can frame our learning goals, are not answerable in a single lesson or a brief sentence. Mctighe and Wiggins describe these questions as “Essential Questions”. An essential question:
When we get back from the Christmas holidays I am going to try and pose essential questions to my students surrounding multiplication and division. I am hoping that these essential questions will get students to uncover the depth and richness of multiplication and division. I am still undecided on which essential questions I want to use but I wanted to generate a bank of them to have more than what would be required. Here is a list of essential questions I have brainstormed thus far:
After we tackle the concept of multiplication and division I will write about how it went with the essential questions, discuss what worked well and what I would change for next time. Chad "always questioning" Williams McTighe, J., Wiggins, G. P., & Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. (2013). Essential questions: Opening doors to student understanding. Alexandria, Va. USA: ASCD.
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