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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 Persuasion: How can I find the right words, images, and details to make my appeal more powerful?
2 Economics: Why do some economies succeed while others fail?
3 How can I use the words and structures I know to express the ideas that I have?
4 What should I do when my ideas are more sophisticated than my ability to communicate them?
5 Do I really need to know another language?
6 How can I use my own experience and my outside knowledge to better understand and appreciate this text?
7 How can my thinking be influenced by the choices the writer makes, and how can I influence others' thinking through my writing?
8 How can an individual's experience reflect the struggle of an entire group or nation? How does the struggle change when it is personal?
9 Why do we still care about Romeo and Juliet? (What makes a work of literature "timeless"?)
10 How can I tell if a text is valid or reliable?
11 What can I learn about different cultures by studying a particular author?
12 Which tool is the best tool for measuring in this situation?
13 What changes when integers enter the picture?
14 How and why does algebra allow us to extend the meaning of number (from counting numbers to real numbers)?
15 How confident are you that this comes next in the pattern?
16 Are there too many? Are there not enough? Or is it just right?
17 How can a builder take what is already there and completely change it into something else?
18 What is the best way to solve this system? Is there always a best way?
19 What if a different set of terms, axioms, and definitions about space were accepted as the starting point? (Which space? Which ones are useful?)
20 What shapes is this solid/shape made of? (What happens if I break this apart?)
21 What are operations with matrices actually accomplishing? What would I have to do to accomplish the same thing without matrices?
22 What's important here?
23 What is the minimum amount of information sufficient to measure this (shapes resulting from intersecting lines and circles)? (How much information about the shapes that result from intersecting lines and circles do I need before all the rest of the dimensions are determined?)
24 What is evolution?
25 What is biodiversity and why is it necessary to preserve it?