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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 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?
2 Writing/Planning: What is the point I want to make? How can I best make it?
3 How does the way I say something influence the way others respond? What is lost in translation?
4 How can my knowledge of the author/speaker's purpose help me make judgments about his argument?
5 How am I supposed to feel after reading/hearing these words? Does my reaction fulfill the author's purpose?
6 What about me is unique?
7 On balance, how effective is it? Why am I writing this? For whom? How can I make my writing better?
8 How can I make sense of this story? How does this story help me understand other things?
9 How do friendships change over time?
10 What is a frontier? What are the variables that shape the frontier?
11 How can writing a biography about my personal hero lead me to more powerful writing?
12 How can I speak with more confidence and conviction during any conversations I have with someone about books, movies, plays, etc.?
13 How can I communicate about numbers? Which way is best here?
14 What story does this graph tell?
15 How should mathematical findings be used in making decisions?
16 To what extent do the parameters influence the shape (equation, etc.) of a graph?
17 What is a simpler but equivalent way to express this? Is it useful here?
18 Should I represent a quadratic function algebraically, graphically, verbally, or some other way? How do I decide?
19 How are rational numbers the same as, and different from, integers?
20 What do I know about this problem? What do I need to know?
21 Which strategy works for me here in this situation?
22 How do trig and basic math lead to polar representations and vector concepts?
23 What are my assumptions? How do they affect my actions and conclusions?
24 EQ1: How do I find out what I don't know?
25 How do we define the winners and losers in the Civil War?