Hawker Brownlow Education

Essential Questions: Opening Doors To Student Understanding

Author: Jay McTighe, Grant Wiggins

Availability: In Stock

Code: 109004

ISBN: 9781743304136

No of Pages: 125

Publish date: 30/04/2013

Price: $29.95


Essential questions (EQs) help target standards as you organise curriculum content into coherent units that yield focused and thoughtful learning. In the classroom, EQs are used to stimulate students' discussions and promote a deeper understanding of the content.

Offering dozens of examples, Essential Questions: Opening Doors to Student Understanding explores the usefulness of EQs in all P–12 content areas, including skill-based areas such as maths, PE, language instruction and arts education. As an important element of the backward design approach to designing curriculum, instruction and assessment, Essential Questions:

  • Gives a comprehensive explanation of why EQs are so important;

  • Explores seven defining characteristics of EQs;

  • Distinguishes between topical and overarching questions and their uses;

  • Outlines the rationale for using EQs as the focal point in creating units of study; and

  • Shows how to create effective EQs, working from sources including standards, desired understandings and student misconceptions.

Learn how to create a culture of inquiry so that all members of the educational community – students, teachers and administrators – benefit from the increased rigour and deepened understanding that emerge when essential questions become a guiding force for learners of all ages.