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Essential Learning Questions

Author: Katie Hou

This lesson allows learners to explore the idea of essential questions, which support the learning goals and provide the driving force for instruction.

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Essential Questions

Notes on "Essential Learning Questions"


(00:00-00:15) Introduction

(00:16-01:00) Essential Learning Questions Introduction

(01:01-01:38) Characteristics of Essential Learning Questions

(01:39-01:57) Examples of Essential Learning Questions

(01:58-02:32) Non-examples of Essential Learning Questions

(02:33-02:53) Reflection

(02:54-03:22) Conclusion

Additional Resources

 What is UbD? Grant Wiggins Answers, with Video Cases

This video includes Wiggins' explanation of UbD. In addition, Wiggins includes case studies from schools and classrooms to illustrate UbD in action and its impact on teaching and learning. 

12 Ways to Kill Understanding by Design (UbD) from the Start

In this blog post, Grant Wiggins demonstrates common misconceptions about UbD and offers suggestions on how to avoid those pitfalls. For each misconception, Wiggins explains what teachers should do in their practice.

Essential Questions

This page offers a snapshot of the criteria for and examples of essential questions from the Greenville School District. This is a useful planning tool for teachers interested in incorporating essential questions into their lesson and unit designs.