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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: What is my purpose for creating this document? How does that purpose influence what I write and how I write it?
2 Journalism: Do we have a responsibility to report? Everything?
3 Creative Writing: What am I trying to make the reader think? What am I trying to make the reader feel? How can I make readers think and feel?
4 Writing/Editing: Have I used the conventions of English well, to help my reader understand my ideas?
5 Grammar: How does the structure of a sentence enhance or detract from the power, meaning, or mood of a text?
6 Grammar: When should I use a familiar phrase? When should I be more creative?
7 Economics: Why do some economies succeed while others fail?
8 How many mistakes can I make and still be understood?
9 How do others' expectations for a person influence the path his/her life takes?
10 What is the author trying to say? How might I better find out?
11 How are prejudice and bias created? How do we overcome them?
12 What does it mean to be a smart reader and listener?
13 Why am I writing? For whom?
14 How do we maintain the balance of the relationships between the attributes of figures?
15 What's the best buy? (unit pricing, but extending to other unit/rate problems)
16 How do I compare equalities and inequalities? Can I apply what I know about one to help me work with the other?
17 Math models the real world, or does it?
18 Are any mathematical laws acting here? How can a little say a lot?
19 How can collections of data from statistical investigations be used to make decisions or solve problems?
20 What is a reasonable answer? Does my solution work out in a real-world context?
21 How are angles/lines/shapes related?
22 About how big (how much) is this?
23 What is a minimum set of conditions for determining a unique line?
24 How can I use previously proven facts about triangles to develop new techniques and rules?
25 EQ1: How do I engage my readers when writing informational texts?