Essential Questions

Opening Doors to Student Understanding

Author: Jay McTighe,Grant P. Wiggins

Publisher: ASCD

ISBN: 1416615059

Category: Education

Page: 119

View: 5154

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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Essential Questions

Opening Doors to Student Understanding

Author: Jay McTighe,Grant Wiggins

Publisher: ASCD

ISBN: 1416615709

Category: Education

Page: 119

View: 379

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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Understanding by Design

Author: Grant P. Wiggins,Jay McTighe

Publisher: ASCD

ISBN: 1416600353

Category: Education

Page: 370

View: 482

Presents a multifaceted model of understanding, which is based on the premise that people can demonstrate understanding in a variety of ways.
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The Understanding by Design Guide to Creating High-Quality Units

Author: Grant P. Wiggins,Jay McTighe

Publisher: ASCD

ISBN: 1416611495

Category: Education

Page: 122

View: 8759

"The Understanding by Design Guide to Creating High-Quality Units is targeted to individuals and groups interested in improving their skills in designing units of study based on the Understanding by Design (UbD) framework. This guide introduces UbD unit design and directs readers through the process. It is organized around a set of modules that move from basic ideas (e.g., the three stages of "backward design") to more complicated elements of unit design (e.g., authentic performance tasks)."--publisher website.
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Solving 25 Problems in Unit Design

How do I refine my units to enhance student learning? (ASCD Arias)

Author: Jay McTighe,Grant Wiggins

Publisher: ASCD

ISBN: 1416620478

Category: Education

Page: 64

View: 2796

Curriculum design experts Jay McTighe and Grant Wiggins have reviewed thousands of curriculum documents and unit plans across a range of subjects and grades. In this book, they identify and describe the 25 most common problems in unit design and recommend how to fix them--and avoid them when planning new units. McTighe and Wiggins, creators of the Understanding by Design® framework, help you use the process of backward design to troubleshoot your units and achieve tighter alignment and focus on learning priorities. Whether you're working with local or national standards or with other learning goals, you can rely on their practical and proven solutions to promote deeper and better learning for your students.
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Schooling by Design

Mission, Action, and Achievement

Author: Grant P. Wiggins,Jay McTighe

Publisher: ASCD

ISBN: 1416605800

Category: Education

Page: 287

View: 5275

Provides a school reform strategy which focuses on a long-term mission; curriculum and assessment framework; set principles of learning; structures, policies, and staff that follow the mission; ongoing feedback and adjustments; and an effective planning process.
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Using Understanding by Design in the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Classroom

Author: Amy J. Heineke,Jay McTighe

Publisher: ASCD

ISBN: 1416626123

Category: Education

Page: 298

View: 918

How can today’s teachers, whose classrooms are more culturally and linguistically diverse than ever before, ensure that their students achieve at high levels? How can they design units and lessons that support English learners in language development and content learning—simultaneously? Authors Amy Heineke and Jay McTighe provide the answers by adding a lens on language to the widely used Understanding by Design® framework (UbD® framework) for curriculum design, which emphasizes teaching for understanding, not rote memorization. Readers will learn * the components of the UbD framework; * the fundamentals of language and language development; * how to use diversity as a valuable resource for instruction by gathering information about students’ background knowledge from home, community, and school; * how to design units and lessons that integrate language development with content learning in the form of essential knowledge and skills; and * how to assess in ways that enable language learners to reveal their academic knowledge. Student profiles, real-life classroom scenarios, and sample units and lessons provide compelling examples of how teachers in all grade levels and content areas use the UbD framework in their culturally and linguistically diverse classrooms. Combining these practical examples with findings from an extensive research base, the authors deliver a useful and authoritative guide for reaching the overarching goal: ensuring that all students have equitable access to high-quality curriculum and instruction.
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Make Just One Change

Teach Students to Ask Their Own Questions

Author: Dan Rothstein,Luz Santana

Publisher: Harvard Educational Publishing Group

ISBN: 9781612500997

Category: Education

Page: 176

View: 4401

What would classrooms look like if teachers asked fewer questions and students asked more?The authors of Make Just One Change argue that formulating one's own questions is "the single most essential skill for learning"-and one that should be taught to all students. They also maintain that it should be taught in the simplest way possible. Drawing on twenty years of experience, the authors present the Question Formulation Technique, a concise and powerful protocol that enables learners to produce their own questions, improve their questions, and strategize how to use them.Make Just One Change features the voices and experiences of teachers in classrooms across the country to illustrate the use of the Question Formulation Technique across grade levels and subject areas and with different kinds of learners.
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The Essential Questions Handbook, Grades 4-8

Hundreds of Guiding Questions That Help You Plan and Teach Successful Lessons in the Content Areas

Author: Scholastic Teaching Resources

Publisher: Scholastic Teaching Resources

ISBN: 9780545305853

Category: Education

Page: 96

View: 3787

This teacher time-saver is packed with big questions that dig deep into 40 top themes and topics in math, language arts, science, and social studies.
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Integrating Differentiated Instruction & Understanding by Design

Connecting Content and Kids

Author: Carol A. Tomlinson,Jay McTighe

Publisher: ASCD

ISBN: 1416602844

Category: Education

Page: 199

View: 1139

Shows how to combine two effective frameworks to provide a comprehensive approach to ensure all students are learning at maximum levels.
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Making Thinking Visible

How to Promote Engagement, Understanding, and Independence for All Learners

Author: Ron Ritchhart,Mark Church,Karin Morrison

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 047091551X

Category: Education

Page: 294

View: 7878

"Visible Thinking is a research-based approach to teaching thinking that develops students' thinking dispositions, while at the same time deepening their understanding of the topics they study. Rather than a set of fixed lessons, Visible Thinking is an extensive and adaptable collection of practices that include thinking routines and the documentation of student thinking. The routines are a central element of the practical, functional and accessible nature of Visible Thinking. Thinking routines are easy to use mini-strategies that are repeatedly used in the classroom. They are a small set of questions or a short sequence of steps that can be used across various grade levels and content. Each routine targets a different type of thinking and by bringing their own content, teachers can integrate the routines into the fabric of their classrooms. Thinking Routines help direct student thinking and structure classroom discussion. Thinking becomes visible as the students' different viewpoints are expressed, documented, discussed and reflected upon"--
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Opening Doors

An Implementation Template for Cultural Proficiency

Author: Trudy T. Arriaga,Randall B. Lindsey

Publisher: Corwin Press

ISBN: 1506301444

Category: Education

Page: 152

View: 4096

See how one school district made cultural proficiency real—and how you can too! This book tells the story of Ventura Unified School District's successful implementation of cultural proficiency, which opened long-closed doors for marginalized students and returned gains on every key success metric. Most importantly, it will empower you to do the same for your school or district. Resources include: A method for evaluating the impact of educational decisions on students' access to learning A clearly outlined three-year implementation plan for making your school culturally proficient A content-rich companion website that includes templates and forms for implementing the book’s suggestions
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Total Participation Techniques

Making Every Student an Active Learner, 2nd ed.

Author: Pérsida Himmele,William Himmele

Publisher: ASCD

ISBN: 141662399X

Category: Education

Page: 188

View: 8674

Here are 51 easy-to-use, classroom-tested alternatives to the "stand and deliver" teaching techniques that cause so many students to tune out or drop out. Teachers report that these techniques motivate students to participate in learning, as they build confidence and are supported by compelling and safe ways to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of lessons. Refined through years of classroom experiences and supported by updated research, this 2nd edition delivers a dozen new techniques to engage K–12 students in active learning. The authors provide detailed descriptions of the Total Participation Techniques (TPTs) with step-by-step instructions--plus reproducible blackline masters for student response cards as well as posters to remind you to use the techniques. They also suggest how you can adapt and personalize the techniques to fit your context and content. Packed with examples from authentic classrooms, Total Participation Techniques is an essential toolkit for teachers who want to present lessons that are relevant, engaging, and cognitively challenging. Pérsida Himmele and William Himmele are professors who regularly work with preservice teachers and consult with educators in U.S. and international schools. They are also the authors of Total Literacy Techniques.
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Questioning for Classroom Discussion

Purposeful Speaking, Engaged Listening, Deep Thinking

Author: Jackie Acree Walsh,Beth Dankert Sattes

Publisher: ASCD

ISBN: 1416621628

Category: Education

Page: 223

View: 4654

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Understanding by Design Handbook

Author: Jay McTighe,Grant P. Wiggins

Publisher: Assn for Supervision & Curriculum

ISBN: 9780871203403

Category: Education

Page: 287

View: 814

Grade level: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, p, e, i, s, t.
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Teaching Social Studies Today

Author: Shoob, Sara

Publisher: Shell Education

ISBN: 1618139193

Category: Education

Page: 202

View: 4425

Featuring sound educational strategies based on solid research and proven methodology, this exceptional resource provides teachers with best practices in social studies instruction that can be immediately implemented in the classroom. Authored by two social studies experts with more than 60 years combined classroom experience, this resource is designed for anyone who is interested in current educational theory and best practice. Packed with various teaching methods and techniques, up-to-date research-based theory and practical applications, this book is great for new and experienced teachers. This resource is aligned to the interdisciplinary themes from the Partnership for 21st Century Skills.
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Q Tasks, 2nd Edition

How to empower students to ask questions and care about answers

Author: Koechlin, Carol,Zwaan, Sandi

Publisher: Pembroke Publishers Limited

ISBN: 1551383012

Category: Education

Page: 160

View: 1482

Questions and questioning are key skills in successful learning. The original Q Tasks was instrumental in showing teachers how to give students the tools they need to develop their own questions and build critical thinking and inquiry skills. This new, totally revised edition continues to nurture and advance these crucial skills, and also offers Q-task extensions that introduce digital components that facilitate collaboration and are designed to appeal to tech-savvy students. More than 100 practical, flexible exercises in this remarkable book provide a smorgasbord of choices for teachers to use to help students formulate good questions in an information-rich environment. They put the students at the centre of their own learning as they build the library and research skills that are essential to our information age. Teachers will find innovative ways to help students go beyond memorization and rote learning of facts to focus on personal understanding, and true ownership of the learning experience.
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The Data-Driven Classroom

How do I use student data to improve my instruction? (ASCD Arias)

Author: Craig A. Mertler

Publisher: ASCD

ISBN: 1416619771

Category: Education

Page: 42

View: 7002

Thanks to initiatives like the Common Core and Race to the Top, accountability requirements continue to be a reality for educators. Yet many are still unsure of how to use data to make well-informed instructional decisions. The Data-Driven Classroom comes to the rescue with a systematic, universal process that shows teachers how to: examine student assessment results to identify a curricular or skill area to target for individual intervention or large-group instructional revision; develop, implement, and assess the effectiveness of the intervention or revision; and develop an action plan for future instructional cycles. Author Craig A. Mertler sheds light on how teachers can make sense of overwhelming standardized test reports while avoiding pitfalls like over-interpreting data. In these pages you will also find practical classroom examples and templates designed to guide teachers of all grade levels and subject areas through the comprehensive decision-making framework.
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You Can't Just Say It Louder!

Differentiated Strategies for Comprehending Nonfiction

Author: Debby Murphy

Publisher: Shell Education

ISBN: 9781425805197

Category: Education

Page: 296

View: 3850

This dynamic book provides the foundation you need to confidently and successfully teach comprehension to a diverse population of students. Filled with innovative, classroom-tested models for differentiating instruction, this professional development resource will leave you feeling empowered, equipped, and excited to implement the strategies! The classroom-tested strategies from acclaimed professional development specialist Debby Murphy and easy-to-read conversational style make this a "must-have" resource for any PreK-12 teacher. The model lessons feature concrete examples with sample texts from award-winning resources. This resource is aligned to the interdisciplinary themes from the Partnership for 21st Century Skills and supports the Common Core and other state standards.
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