Driving Questions 101

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An overview about driving questions - what they are, how they help, and how to write effective DQs.

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Driving Questions 101

  1. 1. Driving Questions 101<br />Exploring the BIG Picture<br />
  2. 2. Q:How can STRONG driving questions<br />change a student’s approach to learning?<br />
  3. 3. A: They require extraordinary thinking<br />and lead to focused…<br />(Jay McTighe& Grant Wiggins)<br />
  4. 4. Why are DQs of value?<br />Promote inquiry<br />Develop responsibility<br />Initiate discussion<br />Relieve anxiety<br />
  5. 5. What if we ask a question…<br />…that <br />has no answer?<br />
  6. 6. DQ Characteristics<br />Open-ended<br />Provocative<br />Challenging<br />Real-world connections<br />Standards-based<br />
  7. 7. Writing DQs for Units<br />
  8. 8. Is my DQ a strong DQ?<br />Encourages critical thinking<br />Helps produce original ideas<br />Solicits evaluation<br />Requires problem-solving skills<br />
  9. 9. Framing the Question<br />
  10. 10. DQs: Strong vs. Weak<br />WHY has a woman never been U.S. president?<br />Whowas president in 1860?<br />WHAT IF the world ran out of oil tomorrow?<br />What is metamorphosis?<br />HOWcan we best stop the flu in Phoenix?<br />How do birds fly?<br />
  11. 11. DQs: Strong vs. Weak<br />SHOULD government bail out businesses?<br />Compare and contrast three revolutions.<br />WHICH simple machine is most important?<br />Is Hong Kong a nice place to live?<br />
  12. 12. Sharing DQs with Students<br />Asked often<br />Easy to understand<br />Broad terms<br />Posted and readily available<br />
  13. 13. Bibliography<br />Websites:<br />What is an Essential Question? <br />The Driving Question<br />Essential Questions<br />

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