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Essential Questions: Opening Doors to Student Understanding

Jay McTighe & Grant Wiggins
8.5" x 11"
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From the developers of the popular Understanding by Design® framework comes Essential Questions: Opening Doors To Student Understanding, a practical tool thatexplains why/how essential questions help educators

  • “Unpack” standards and organize curriculum around big ideas and core processes.
  • Engage more students in thoughtful inquiry and discussion to promote deeper understandings of content and a culture of inquiry.
  • Signal to students that deep thinking about content is required, not optional.
  • Develop independent learners and foster 21st century skills.

 The authors explore the usefulness of essential questions in all K–12 content areas, including skill-based areas such as math, PE, language instruction, and arts education. Readers will learn to

  • Identify characteristics that make a question "essential."* Use essential questions to “unpack” standards.* Design effective essential questions working from many sources including standards, desired understandings, and potential student misconceptions.* Use essential questions as a focus for daily classroom instruction.
  • Support respectful and meaningful differentiation.


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