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Essential Questions: Opening Doors to Student Understanding [Paperback]

Jay McTighe

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  • Paperback: 119 pages
  • Publisher: Association for Supervision & Curriculum Deve (9 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416615059
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416615057
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 21.9 x 0.6 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 727,916 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Essential Questions This book from the authors of Understanding by Design explores how to design and frame essential questions that prompt students to think deeply and create a more stimulating environment for learning. Full description

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful Follow up to Understanding by Design 26 Jun 2013
By Elvin Ortiz - Published on
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars So Clear 1 July 2013
By Telannia Norfar - Published on
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I have seen essential questions and have had people talk about essential questions. Now, I really understand the purpose, format and how to create an essential question
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timely topic by a popular author 18 Jan 2014
By Ginny L. Huckaba - Published on
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Buy 18 Feb 2014
By CAH5 - Published on
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In my school district we are required to write essential questions. Sometimes it is difficult coming up with higher level thinking questions (HOTS). Reading this book has been very helpful because it gives great suggestions for all content areas.
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4.0 out of 5 stars helpful and brief 12 July 2013
By Inez - Published on
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It differentiates between overarching essential questions and topical ones. I found this distinction to be helpful as I try to learn how to use EQ's in my teaching. It gives several suggestions also.
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