Some powerful strategies with many cross-curricular applications THX
Notes for presentation at the October 2014, BCTELA conference, Cultivating Passionate Learners
Why I organize my teaching around essential questions:
McTighe and Wiggins (Essential Questions: Opening Doors to Student Understanding. Alexandria: ASCD, 2013, p. 17) outline several reasons why essential questions are so powerful. They:
- Signal that inquiry is a key goal of education.
- Make it more likely that the unit will be intellectually engaging
- Help to clarify and prioritize standards for teachers.
- Provide transparency for students.
- Encourage and model metacognition for students.
- Provide opportunities for intra and interdisciplinary connections.
- Support meaningful differentiation.
Below, I have outlined some of the questions and texts I have used in my classes.
Some principles in these units:
- I like threes. I think it is important to have more than two texts to consider.
- In each of the following examples, these are anchor texts. That is to say, we take them in…
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