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Educators Coop: Developing Strong Driving Questions

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Educators Cooperative

on 8 October 2012

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Transcript of Educators Coop: Developing Strong Driving Questions

Developing Strong
Driving Questions Understand the components of a strong driving question
Analyze and Refine sample driving questions to maximize inquiry
Create driving questions for future projects Driving questions are open-ended and cannot be answered in one sentence or in one day. They lead students to explore what is essential about a topic and in doing so, students add to and build upon their previous knowledge. Driving questions have a real-world application that students can understand, relate to, and are motivated by. Inquiry Projects should be focused on one of the following:

Answering a broad, open-ended question, or
Addressing a broad, open-ended problem. In both of these types of projects, the QUESTION or PROBLEM are DRIVING the project. The driving question provides the framework for planning your project. The best questions are:

Provocative and Challenging
Accessible to students, answerable.
Open-ended with multiple possible answers.
Linked to important content.

And lead students into the type of thinking at the higher-end of Bloom’s taxonomy…. (Creating new information, Evaluating, Analyzing, Applying to new situations) Creating a Driving Question You can apply these "sentence frames" to content standards What could be some driving questions for ... 4.3. Adaptations in physical structure or behavior may improve an organism’s chance for
survival. As a basis for understanding this concept:

a. Students know plants and animals have structures that serve different functions in
growth, survival, and reproduction What are some successful ingredients for _________________________?

How does ___________________ affect _____________?

Is there a relationship between ___________________ and ___________________? adaptation physical structure adaptation my ability to adapt animal adaptation Your Task – Develop Driving Questions Review the big ideas, key understandings, or specific content standards. A good place to start is your History or Science content standards.

Brainstorm a list of possible open-ended questions that link two of these big ideas or concepts -- Use the examples in Edu-Source as a reference.

For example, the big ideas “Students will understand that living things affect the environment in which they live and that certain environments support specific living things” might lead to the driving question, “What lives in our schoolyard?”

Another example … if you would like students to understand the impact of discrimination on their lives and you would like them to understand the Civil Rights Movement in this country, you can connect these two big ideas by creating a driving question like, “How does the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s affect my life today?”

Review your questions. Can you make the question more succinct and to the point? Can you make the question less leading and more exciting for students? Does your question get at the key understandings and standards of your project
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