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Curriculum Framing Questions Part 2 En

  1. 1. Creating Effective Questions Curriculum-Framing Questions
  2. 2. Curriculum-Framing Questions <ul><ul><li>How can I create more effective questions? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How can these questions help guide my teaching and unit planning? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How can I help others develop good questions? </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Research On Learning and Cognition <ul><li>“ Expert knowledge is organized…Their knowledge is not simply a list of facts and formulas that are relevant to the domain; instead, their knowledge is organized around core concepts or ‘big ideas’ that guide their thinking about the domain.” </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Bransford, et. al., How People Learn , p. 24 </li></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Why Do We Have Essential Questions? <ul><ul><li>Simply applying technology to tried-and-true projects can lead to less learning. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The use of technology should enable students to enhance their learning, increase productivity, and promote creativity– so we should provide them with more challenging tasks and questions than provided in traditional projects. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Projects need to include reflection, evaluation, analysis, or synthesis of the subject matter – not just identification, definition, or reiteration of facts. </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Why Do We Have Essential Questions? <ul><li>“ Technology is most powerful when used as a tool for problem solving, conceptual development, and critical thinking. </li></ul><ul><li>With technology, students can spend…more time creating strategies for solving complex problems and developing a deep understanding of the subject matter.” </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ The Learning Return on our Educational Technology Investment” by Cathy Ringstaff and Loretta Kelley, WestEd </li></ul></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Asking Questions is Contagious <ul><ul><li>It promotes authentic learning, which encourages students to ask more questions. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students are more likely to become self-directed learners because they are interested in the answers. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students see the connections between the subject being taught and their world—it can change their whole outlook on what education is about. </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Dealing with the “Yes, but…” <ul><li>“I have to teach to the test” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To develop competence, students must: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Have a deep foundation of factual knowledge </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Understand facts and ideas in a conceptual framework </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Organize knowledge in ways that facilitate retrieval and application </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“I have to cover so much” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teaching for understanding is key to recall </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Instead of “aimless activity” and “superficial coverage,” focus on goals related to big ideas and complex performance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Move beyond micro-managing instruction via overly-fragmented and isolated lessons and activities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>From Understanding by Design Workshop </li></ul></ul></ul>
  8. 8. How Do Content, Unit, and Essential Questions Support Learning? <ul><ul><li>Students will be able to identify an ecosystem and explain how the organisms within an ecosystem are connected and interdependent. </li></ul></ul>Sample objective <ul><ul><li>How can we all get along? </li></ul></ul>Essential Question <ul><ul><li>Using actual wildlife injury data from a local wildlife rescue center, students learn what animal species have been injured, the causes of injury, and the effects of reduced urban wildlife. Students provide recommendations to reduce human caused injury to wildlife and present a summary of their findings and recommendations to the local Audubon Society, the Humane Society, neighborhood associations, and other interested groups. At the end of each public presentation, students gather public reaction to the data, and publish the findings and ideas in an informational brochure for the public. </li></ul></ul>Project <ul><ul><li>How can urban wildlife and humans live together successfully? </li></ul></ul>Unit Questions <ul><ul><li>How do I collect information and display it in a graph? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What urban animals are there and what do they need to survive? </li></ul></ul>Content Questions
  9. 9. What is the Difference Between Essential and Unit Questions? <ul><ul><li>It’s not the question itself that defines whether it is an Essential or Unit Question, it’s how you use it. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“How does conflict produce change?” could be used as either an Essential or Unit Question: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>It would be an Essential Question if used as a year-long guiding question in a Social Studies class that covers such units as World Explorers, the Industrial Revolution, World War II, etc. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>It would also be an Essential Question if it is used in a cross-curricular classroom or classrooms, such as language arts/social studies classrooms that discuss different aspects of the question. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>It could be a Unit Question if used just within a specific unit, such as evolution. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  10. 10. How Different Unit Questions Support a Single Essential Question <ul><li>What does it take to change the world? </li></ul>Essential Question Early Explorers Unit Question: Why leave one’s home and family to make a new life in a strange land? Civil War Unit Question: Why would someone fight to the death against brother, neighbor, and friend? French Revolution Unit Question: What could move the masses to revolt? How did the French Revolution change their world and yours?
  11. 11. How Different Unit Questions Support a Single Essential Question <ul><li>How does conflict produce change? </li></ul>Essential Question Social Studies Unit Question: How does war create change in the economy? Science Unit Question: How do animals adapt to a changing environment? Language Arts Unit Questions: In literature, how do the characters in Lord of the Flies respond to conflict? Why do humans often react to conflict with violence? How does Lord of the Flies help us to understand our complex human nature?
  12. 12. Hints for Writing Essential and Unit Questions <ul><ul><li>Brainstorm questions on your own, then work with other teachers, or your own students, to refine them. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>There tend to be more How and Why Essential and Unit Questions than those beginning with What, Who, or When. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Stay away from questions asking for definitions or an understanding of a “simple” process. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ask yourself if the question has basically only one, or one narrow group, of correct answers—if it does, it is not an Essential or Unit Question. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What is the life cycle of a frog? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Who was Mozart? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Will it take time to fully understand and answer the question? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Is the question still being studied by scientists, philosophers, or poets? If yes, then you probably have a great question. </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Hints for Writing Essential and Unit Questions <ul><li>Not so simple, but important, tips… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Think about why that topic is important to teach. Think about the compelling questions that scholars have asked throughout time. How have human beings acquired the knowledge that we now want to impart to our students? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Why is the universe the way it is? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How does this subject fit into the “real world”? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What connections can you make to the students’ lives? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What makes my body work? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What can I do to keep my body healthy and strong? </li></ul></ul></ul>
  14. 14. The Creation of Good Questions and a Good Unit is an On-Going Process
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