Thursday, February 2, 2012
Essential Questions at SLA
Recently, I've been doing a lot of thinking about the role of essential questions in curriculum design. My reflection and study has led me to believe that learning experiences should be organized around meaningful questions, not isolated discipline-related or skill-related criteria. Of course, my visit to Science Leadership Academy (SLA) for Educon 2.4 this weekend affirmed my current beliefs. At this school, the curricula is driven by meaningful questions and themes at each grade level. Most important, the students at SLA are cognizant of these questions and themes, and they were able to eloquently discuss them when asked.
How could you use this concept to redesign learning for the students in your classroom? your system? your district?