Essential Questions / Enduring Understandings / Big Ideas

Published on November 13th, 2016

PURPOSE:  Questions or statements, based on unit big ideas, that give lasting value beyond the classroom


KEEP IN MIND: 

  • To provide clarity and a common mapping language, it’s worth a faculty conversation to collectively decide on one heading for this section.  Will these be written as questions or statements? big ideas or I CAN statements? Without this clarity, mappers may be unsure and hesitant to proceed.  (Headers can be edited.)
  • Limit the number of questions or statements to a minimum.
  • Focus on the big ideas of the unit that offer lasting value.
  • Choose broad and open-ended questions or statements that will inspire students to raise up additional questions and new ideas.
  • Write in kid-friendly language. Consider posting in classroom to lead, guide, and wrap up units of study.

VIDEO RESOURCES:

Curriculum Basics: Essential Questions

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSs5VcWMqTI&list=PLu_xwW78kDmn_K-W_Nta3KkT9zmWVDM7Q&index=2

Curriculum Basics: Enduring Understandings

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2q8yXQvi-l4&list=PLu_xwW78kDmn_K-W_Nta3KkT9zmWVDM7Q&utm_source=PD+Update&utm_campaign=64bf42d584-2017PDUpdate_September_Email&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_55d0eb9fe6-64bf42d584-102723201