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Characteristics of a Driving Question* <ul><li>Ill-structured problem that has: </li></ul><ul><li>Feasibility </li></ul><u...
Feasibility <ul><li>Students can design and perform investigations to answer it </li></ul><ul><li>Resources and materials ...
Worth <ul><li>Rich content </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Relates how scientists/mathematicians work </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lin...
Contextualization <ul><li>= how question relates to real world and importance  </li></ul><ul><li>Can be developed through ...
Meaning and Sustainability <ul><li>Meaning </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Enhanced when students generate questions </li></ul></ul>...
Teacher-Generated Driving Questions <ul><li>Advantages </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Can plan around standards </li></ul></ul><ul>...
Teacher-Generated Driving Questions <ul><li>Where to get ideas </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reading - Newspapers, journals, inter...
Teacher-Generated Driving Questions <ul><li>Where to get ideas </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Student ideas </li></ul></ul><ul><ul>...
Student-Generated Driving Questions <ul><li>to help generate </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide or create an environment in whi...
Student-Generated Driving Questions <ul><li>Management issues </li></ul><ul><ul><li>can make more manageable by selecting ...
Future High School <ul><li>What is the best design for a 2000 student high school that will be built in the year 2050? </l...
The Test <ul><li>Feasible </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainable </li></ul><ul><li>Worth </li></ul><ul><li>Meaning </li></ul><ul><l...
Company Startup <ul><li>What does it take to start your own company? </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.edutopia.org/more-fun-ba...
Mouthwash <ul><li>Which mouthwash kills more germs? </li></ul><ul><li>Classic elementary- early middle school science fair...
Rollercoaster Design <ul><li>How do you design a rollercoaster that is thrilling but safe? </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.in...
More Ideas <ul><li>How do ocean currents affect organisms including humans? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.ciese.org/cur...
Even more Ideas <ul><li>How do you build a bridge at a given site? </li></ul><ul><li>How does the El Niño/Southern oscilla...
Reader’s Survey <ul><li>Participate in the reader’s survey ( http://www.edutopia.org/best-site-download-free-lessons-2008 ...
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  1. 1. Characteristics of a Driving Question* <ul><li>Ill-structured problem that has: </li></ul><ul><li>Feasibility </li></ul><ul><li>Worth </li></ul><ul><li>Contextualization </li></ul><ul><li>Meaning </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainability </li></ul><ul><li>*Joe Krajcik </li></ul>
  2. 2. Feasibility <ul><li>Students can design and perform investigations to answer it </li></ul><ul><li>Resources and materials </li></ul><ul><li>Developmentally appropriate </li></ul>
  3. 3. Worth <ul><li>Rich content </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Relates how scientists/mathematicians work </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Links concepts together </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Meet district, state and national standards </li></ul><ul><li>Can be broken down into manageable chunks </li></ul><ul><li>Leads to further questions </li></ul>
  4. 4. Contextualization <ul><li>= how question relates to real world and importance </li></ul><ul><li>Can be developed through readings and activities </li></ul>
  5. 5. Meaning and Sustainability <ul><li>Meaning </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Enhanced when students generate questions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can be enhanced by political action </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Sustainability </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Students are engaged over time (weeks or months) </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Teacher-Generated Driving Questions <ul><li>Advantages </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Can plan around standards </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Management of projects is easier </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Easier to provide resources </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Disadvantages </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Students may not find it meaningful </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>May not allow students to generate subquestions </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Teacher-Generated Driving Questions <ul><li>Where to get ideas </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reading - Newspapers, journals, internet sources, books </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Brainstorming </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>list standards </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>list investigations </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>how can this be contextualized? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>what questions arise? </li></ul></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Teacher-Generated Driving Questions <ul><li>Where to get ideas </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Student ideas </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>dialog journal (Fennell) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>keep notes on questions that arise in class </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Media </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Published sources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>textbook publishers </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Internet sources </li></ul></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Student-Generated Driving Questions <ul><li>to help generate </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide or create an environment in which students can </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>make observations (student readings, environment, anchor videos) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Have students brainstorm what they know </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>share, evaluate and refine questions before selecting </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Student-Generated Driving Questions <ul><li>Management issues </li></ul><ul><ul><li>can make more manageable by selecting a topic under which students generate their own questions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>provide students with list of available resources during refinement and selection phases </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Future High School <ul><li>What is the best design for a 2000 student high school that will be built in the year 2050? </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.edutopia.org/node/3185 </li></ul>
  12. 12. The Test <ul><li>Feasible </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainable </li></ul><ul><li>Worth </li></ul><ul><li>Meaning </li></ul><ul><li>Contextualization </li></ul><ul><li>What is the best design for a 2000 student high school that will be built in the year 2050? </li></ul><ul><li>What does it take to start your own company? </li></ul><ul><li>Which mouthwash kills more germs? </li></ul><ul><li>How do you design a rollercoaster that is thrilling but safe? </li></ul>
  13. 13. Company Startup <ul><li>What does it take to start your own company? </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.edutopia.org/more-fun-barrel-worms </li></ul>
  14. 14. Mouthwash <ul><li>Which mouthwash kills more germs? </li></ul><ul><li>Classic elementary- early middle school science fair project. </li></ul><ul><li>Get all the data you need in 24 hours. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Rollercoaster Design <ul><li>How do you design a rollercoaster that is thrilling but safe? </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.intel.com/education/projects/wildride/ </li></ul><ul><li>8th grade unit </li></ul>
  16. 16. More Ideas <ul><li>How do ocean currents affect organisms including humans? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.ciese.org/curriculum/gulfstream/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Air Pollution: What’s the solution? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.ciese.org/curriculum/airproj/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>How do pilots navigate? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.ciese.org/curriculum/vectors/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>When will humans overpopulate the Earth? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.ciese.org/curriculum/popgrowthproj/ </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Even more Ideas <ul><li>How do you build a bridge at a given site? </li></ul><ul><li>How does the El Niño/Southern oscillation affect the climate of the polar oceans? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.terc.edu/TEMPLATE/projects_completed/item.cfm?ProjectID=17 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What would it take to send astronauts to Mars? </li></ul><ul><li>World’s Largest Math Event </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://my.nctm.org/eresources/view_article.asp?article_id=6221 </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Reader’s Survey <ul><li>Participate in the reader’s survey ( http://www.edutopia.org/best-site-download-free-lessons-2008 ). Which site do you think is the best resource for lesson plans in your area and why? </li></ul>
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