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What are "essential questions," and how do they differ from other kinds of questions? What''s so great about them? Why should you design and use essential questions in your classroom?

Essential questions (EQs) help target standards as you organize 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.

Whether you are an Understanding by Design (UbD) devotee or are searching for ways to address standards—local or Common Core State Standards—in an engaging way, Jay McTighe and Grant Wiggins provide practical guidance on how to design, initiate, and embed inquiry-based teaching and learning in your classroom.

Offering dozens of examples, the authors explore the usefulness of EQs in all K-12 content areas, including skill-based areas such as math, PE, language instruction, and arts education. As an important element of their backward design approach to designing curriculum, instruction, and assessment, the authors


*Give a comprehensive explanation of why EQs are so important;

*Explore seven defining characteristics of EQs;

*Distinguish between topical and overarching questions and their uses;

*Outline the rationale for using EQs as the focal point in creating units of study; and

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

Using essential questions can be challenging—for both teachers and students—and this book provides guidance through practical and proven processes, as well as suggested "response strategies" to encourage student engagement. Finally, you will learn how to create a culture of inquiry so that all members of the educational community—students, teachers, and administrators—benefit from the increased rigor and deepened understanding that emerge when essential questions become a guiding force for learners of all ages.

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What are "essential questions," and how do they differ from other kinds of questions? What''s so great about them? Why should you design and use essential questions in your classroom?

Essential questions (EQs) help target standards as you organize 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.

Whether you are an Understanding by Design (UbD) devotee or are searching for ways to address standards local or Common Core State Standards in an engaging way, Jay McTighe and Grant Wiggins provide practical guidance on how to design, initiate, and embed inquiry-based teaching and learning in your classroom.

Offering dozens of examples, the authors explore the usefulness of EQs in all K 12 content areas, including skill-based areas such as math, PE, language instruction, and arts education. As an important element of their backward design approach to designing curriculum, instruction, and assessment, the authors

*Give a comprehensive explanation of why EQs are so important;

*Explore seven defining characteristics of EQs;

*Distinguish between topical and overarching questions and their uses;

*Outline the rationale for using EQs as the focal point in creating units of study; and

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

Using essential questions can be challenging for both teachers and students and this book provides guidance through practical and proven processes, as well as suggested "response strategies" to encourage student engagement. Finally, you will learn how to create a culture of inquiry so that all members of the educational community students, teachers, and administrators benefit from the increased rigor and deepened understanding that emerge when essential questions become a guiding force for learners of all ages.

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Elvin OrtizTop Contributor: DC Comics
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Useful Follow up to Understanding by Design
Reviewed in the United States on June 26, 2013
This text continues the necessary discussion of designing curriculum for higher-order thinking by placing essential questions at the center of UbD. The benefit of this book is that while in their first work Understanding by Design they cover the issue of Essential Questions... See more
This text continues the necessary discussion of designing curriculum for higher-order thinking by placing essential questions at the center of UbD. The benefit of this book is that while in their first work Understanding by Design they cover the issue of Essential Questions in one chapter, this time around the authors flesh out issues around using EQs in the classroom. Although some of the material in the first three chapters was already covered in the first book, additional charts, and a greater explanation on how teachers can make essential questions based on skills is much more useful. As a language teacher I definitely find these sections very useful.

The book is also an answer to schools already applying UbD, and thus, it focuses a lot more on classroom processes than on theoretical foundations. As a result, it gives in-depth discussion as to how to keep alive the EQs throughout the school year, covers how many EQs per lesson are possible, and reinforces the idea that EQs should be at the center of the classroom. In addition to this, W&M make connections between EQs with older ideas, such as Socratic Questioning and The Paideia Proposal. The authors also make sure that this text is teacher-friendly, allowing for reasonable time to adapt new ways of thinking classroom planning as well as discussing potential problems that may arise in the classroom.

A caveat is that this book is not about specific strategies or methodologies, or about curriculum philosophies albeit Socrates and Plato are briefly discussed with respect to questioning methods in the classroom. This is a text that is specifically designed as a follow up on how to design and use EQs within the Understanding by Design planning templates, and thus can be helpful for the curriculum maps.
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Never get too comfortable with established fact, here is how to activate your curiousity again
Reviewed in the United States on October 26, 2014
Hi fellow seekers of insight, I think those amongst "us" who used to wonder: Why must we learn in the classroom style chosen by our teacher? ....may benefit the most from checking out Essential Questions: Opening Doors to Student Understanding... See more
Hi fellow seekers of insight,

I think those amongst "us" who used to wonder:
Why must we learn in the classroom style chosen by our teacher?

....may benefit the most from checking out Essential Questions: Opening Doors to Student Understanding [Kindle Edition]
Jay McTighe (Author), Grant Wiggins (Author)

You don''t have to be a teacher to gain from reading it.

It is a short 119 pages, but uses most of them to explain how you can empower your own learning process.
Yes, there are also suggestions of why the fact recall method of training doesn''t promote transferable understanding, but that''s not where the real value of the book lies.

You will probably revisit it several times, and may find its suggestions useful for re-framing ideas.
After accepting the premise, you may with time also unconsciously find yourself trying to identify provocative verbs that signal that you can re-frame the facts being viewed by you.

That''s been my experience.

My attraction to the content in the book is that it gave me a road-map describing ..(albeit a little roughly).., how I could use language in the form of questions to encourage & discover new, bigger ideas ON MY OWN.

Being able to do so is very helpful to CONFIDENCE building if you are taking courses where the pass mark is 75%. (e.g. Customs Broker type Exams)

I like this quote " It is rarely the case that we come to understand a new and complex teaching or experience on first blush. That''s why it is proper to say that meaning is made and understanding is earned over time."

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I have recently purchased & have been reading this book, finding that it compliments Mr. Puryear''s contribution to the ADD community. (i.e. Your Life Can Be Better: using strategies for Adult ADD/ADHD... Douglas A. Puryear MD (Author)

Cheers,
Simple Guy.
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Clifton B. Chadwick
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Good ideas but not enough implementation help
Reviewed in the United States on December 16, 2015
This is a good book which makes a serious contribution to the development of teachers’ skills in questioning. But, the book does not give any background on how questions are currently used (or not used). It does make a comment about the difficulty teachers face, too much... See more
This is a good book which makes a serious contribution to the development of teachers’ skills in questioning. But, the book does not give any background on how questions are currently used (or not used). It does make a comment about the difficulty teachers face, too much content to cover and not enough time to cover it thoroughly. That is an important problem but the authors say little about how to help teachers solve it. Chapter Six, which covers implementation, makes many good suggestions but does not truly show the teacher how to solve the content pressure. In some ways the essential questions are basically those that fall into the top three levels of Bloom’s taxonomy (particularly the new Anderson, et.al. version) but McTighe and Wiggins never mention that. The types of questions considered essential do represent the higher levels of learning and thinking, as I explained in my book on teaching critical thinking (available from Amazon).
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Scott Hermann
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Essential Questions are Essential
Reviewed in the United States on August 21, 2015
A very good book. This one ties into their previous book Understanding by Design. If you have not read it, this should still be incredibly accessible. This book is designed to help you focus on the overarching ideas for each class. In literature, what is the 1-2 topics... See more
A very good book. This one ties into their previous book Understanding by Design. If you have not read it, this should still be incredibly accessible. This book is designed to help you focus on the overarching ideas for each class. In literature, what is the 1-2 topics that all the books have in common? What is the meaning of life? Are we ruled by fate or free will? The types of questions that cannot be answered with a yes/no response and require thought. The difficulty of this book is that while they give an abundance of examples, the onus to create essential questions for the classroom is up to you. This is rightfully so as each classroom is different in scope than all others, but it does require quite a bit of work outside of the time put into reading. They give you "homework" of sorts that is very rewarding, but you should not expect to be given the answers. I learned more from this one than any of the education books I read this summer.
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Vanillabean
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Reviewed in the United States on December 16, 2018
This book is a great addition to any teacher when making different lesson plans for students. It allows you to trigger deeper understanding in questions that need to be asked to students and also understand how to teach students effectively with essential questions.
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Sinclair S.
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Awesome resource for learning about Essential Questions
Reviewed in the United States on October 22, 2020
Dare I say an essential resource for learning how to work with essential questions. Great descriptions, explanations, and lots of examples.
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Joseph Dyer
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Buy this book. For work or pleasure.
Reviewed in the United States on December 4, 2019
“Paradigm Shifter” - to use a trite cliché. Do you want to better engage your students? Do you want to add depth to your lessons? Are you more merely curious about what a question is and how they work?
This book is FANTASTIC.
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Ginny L. Huckaba
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Timely topic by a popular author
Reviewed in the United States on January 17, 2014
Don''t let the title fool you....Jay McTighe also talks about other types of questions, even if only to compare/contrast them with Essential questions. The term, essential questions, is one of those education buzzwords that everybody uses but very few actually know anything... See more
Don''t let the title fool you....Jay McTighe also talks about other types of questions, even if only to compare/contrast them with Essential questions. The term, essential questions, is one of those education buzzwords that everybody uses but very few actually know anything about. This book will help the beginner and new-to UbD lesson planning.
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Sarah
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Excellent resource!
Reviewed in Canada on February 7, 2019
Excellent resource for teachers. Just wish there was a smaller, more compact version. This is big and floppy.
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Easy read
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These questions help students critically think which leads to better understanding and more enriched learning.
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Good resource
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Great resource for all teachers - worth the time to sit and read.
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