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Thoughts on Education

Grant Wiggins

May 25, 2015
My reply to Willingham, Part 2

In part 1 of my reply to Willingham’s article on reading comprehension strategies published recently in the Washington Post, I …

25 Essential Questions

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# Essential Question
1 Expository Writing: Do I have a clear and well developed thesis in my writing, or is it mostly a list of information and opinions?
2 Journalism: How do my own culture, beliefs, and experiences influence the way I report the “facts”?
3 Journalism: Why am I reporting this? What effect do I want my story to have? Do I want to inform people? Make them think deeply? Persuade them? Spur them to action? How do my answers to those questions affect the way I write my story?
4 Why am I writing? For whom? What am I trying to achieve through my writing? Who will read my writing? What will work best for my audience?
5 How can my thinking be influenced by the choices the writer makes? How can I influence others' thinking through my writing?
6 Why do we enter into a quest for a new frontier if we know there will be a struggle?
7 What techniques do authors use to convey their messages?
8 What responsibilities, if any, does society and/or the individual have to nature and the environment?
9 What happened in this text? What is it about? How do I know?
10 What is it exactly that I am learning?
11 How do I show who I am to others? How can I reveal my skills and talents to others? How can I reveal my imagination to others? Should I show my vulnerabilities to others? If so, how?
12 How can I make a difference in others' lives and perspective through powerful, humorous personal memoirs?
13 How are my thinking, feelings, and behaviors affected by what I read and hear?
14 About how much (how many, how big) is this? What is a good strategy to help me decide?
15 Do irrational numbers exist in the real world? Are irrational numbers important in the real world?
16 What do you think is the most important tool a home builder uses?
17 How can I measure and communicate about time?
18 What do I know about this problem? What do I need to know?
19 What does this digit mean? What does this number mean? How does it matter?
20 How can I determine mathematically whether given information determines a unique triangle, more than one, or none at all? How should I interpret the solution when the answer is not what I expect?
21 What conditions must be met for a certain situation to be true?
22 6.3.6 How are antibodies produced and how do they help fight off infection by pathogens? (How does the human body defend itself against foreign invaders?)
23 To what extent can emotions be truth?
24 EQ1: How do I find out what I don't know?
25 EQ1: How is the Constitution both a product of its time and a product of the present?