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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 Geography: How do human beings affect their natural environment, for better and for worse? What responsibility do they have to protect it?
2 Civics: Does my vote count? How much?
3 How might learning a language open doors of opportunity?
4 What's in this text? How can I tell? What can it do for me?
5 What clues does this text hold that can help me understand what it means and why it was written?
6 Who owns ideas?
7 What literary devices can a poet use to extend the meaning of his/her writing?
8 What determines our values?
9 What details of the text support my understanding?
10 What do written and verbal stories have in common and how do they differ?
11 How do the elements of a play compare to those of a story?
12 How can I use what I already know to develop a solution?
13 What's the best way to count this?
14 What is the best way to describe this mathematically?
15 What rules and procedures apply here? How can I tell?
16 Are the rules we use determined by unchangeable realities, or are they practical human conventions? (Is math "real," or did people make it up?)
17 What does a base ten numerical system allow us to do?
18 Which measurement units and tools are best for a given situation? How do we know if a measurement makes sense?
19 What do I know? How can it help me find what's missing?
20 When should I use a trig function to model a real-world problem? How does the graph help me understand the real-world problem?
21 What's another way to express this amount (number)? What way is best here?
22 What is a minimum set of conditions for determining similarity?
23 6.1.1, 6.1.2 Why are enzymes necessary in the digestion of large food molecules? (How does the human body obtain nutrients from food?)
24 How does the body maintain homeostasis?
25 EQ1: How can scale drawings/models be used to make and defend choices about how to use available space?