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Thoughts on Education

Grant Wiggins

July 20, 2014
A few summer thoughts

As Dave Barry used to say, “alert readers will have noticed” that I have been MIA in my blog. I …

25 Essential Questions

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# Essential Question
1 Persuasion: How can I convince this audience to agree with this position?
2 Writing/Drafting: How can I structure and support my thinking in a way that makes my arguments strong?
3 Writing/Revising: How can I enhance the language in my writing to make it more powerful?
4 Vocabulary: Is there a more powerful, vivid, or more precise word I can use here?
5 Economics: How do companies, advertisers, and the media try to influence our buying decisions? How successful are they?
6 How do people communicate without adequate language? How can I therefore communicate effectively, even when I don't know all the words?
7 How many mistakes can I make and still be understood?
8 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?
9 Why write? What makes writing worth reading?
10 On balance, how effective is it? Why am I writing this? For whom? How can I make my writing better?
11 How do authors make their writing interesting? How can I?
12 To what extent does power or the lack of power affect individuals?
13 Why did this author create this text?
14 What determines our values?
15 How can we tell who a character - or a real person - really is "inside"?
16 How do I know when to count, when to estimate, when to round?
17 1. How can I describe this in numbers?
18 What does this data tell me? How do I know?
19 When should I use an equation? A graph? A table? How do I know?
20 What technique for solving a quadratic is best? How do I decide?
21 How do these fit together?
22 What's best here, an estimate or a precise answer?
23 How can these be combined (broken down) to make new shapes?
24 How can I determine whether a trigonometric equation is an identity, a conditional or never true?
25 EQ1: How can scale drawings/models be used to make and defend choices about how to use available space?