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Thoughts on Education

Grant Wiggins

July 25, 2014
What’s the job of teacher? The crying need for a genuine job description.

A rarely discussed weakness in education is the lack of a true job description for teachers in hiring. Being told …

25 Essential Questions

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# Essential Question
1 How can I use world language to enhance, reinforce and further my knowledge of other subject areas?
2 How can we write and share poetry to enhance the lives of other people and elevate the world around us?
3 How can I use my knowledge of the structure of language to communicate more effectively?
4 How can I capsulize my own thinking? Others' thinking?
5 What can I learn about how text is written that will help me uncover what I need to know?
6 What happened in this text? What is it about? How do I know?
7 What was the author's intention in making these choices for his/her writing?
8 What challenges have people faced in the past that have shaped the world today?
9 How does poetry present itself in my everyday life and how can I recognize it?
10 What can books do that movies cannot? What can movies do that books cannot?
11 What are the relationships among the angles and sides of geometric figures?
12 About how many are there? How can I tell?
13 How do I make a round cake if I only have a square pan?
14 What is the best way to describe this mathematically?
15 How reasonable is this answer, given what I know?
16 What rules and procedures apply here? How can I tell?
17 Which properties (laws) are useful here? What is an equivalent way to represent this? A simpler way to say this?
18 Which is the best representation of this information in this situation?
19 How do I know if a quadratic model is appropriate?
20 What family of equations/graphs best represents this problem/situation? What does it tell us is equivalent? What is important about this equivalence?
21 What makes a problem an addition (subtraction) problem? How do I know?
22 What do I know about this problem? What is important here?
23 If I remove/add/move this, what will happen? If I focus my attention on certain features and ignore others, what will happen? What remains invariant when something else is changed?
24 What is a minimum set of conditions for determining congruence?
25 What are the strengths and limitations of reason as a way of knowing?