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Priming and Orienting Learners Through Essential Questions

Priming and Orienting Learners Through Essential Questions

Essential Question

What types of questions effectively frame and promote learning?

In elementary school, Chris tried to fill his time with games of touch football, capturing grasshoppers, and reading books about World War II prison escapes. Whenever school interrupted those activities, he responded to teachers with the refrain, “Why do we need to learn about this?” As a teacher, Chris anticipated the same question being posed to him, and he wanted to have a response at the ready. This response took the form of an essential question that engages learners, establishes a clear purpose for a unit of instruction, and helps learners apply and transfer what they learn right now to their own ...

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