4. Translate learning goals into meaningful, interesting questions and challenges.
What if we thought about our teaching in terms of exploring open-ended questions that are interesting and meaningful to our students? What if we put “essential” questions on the board at the beginning of units and lessons, discussed with our students why they are important and meaningful, and then referred to them throughout the unit?
For several days, I’ve been bugged by the lack of interesting bulletin boards in my classroom. It bothers me that I am satisfied with sticking a motivational poster or favorite quote up for the entire year. I want something interactive, that has potential to impact student learning.
Apparently my frustration in a tweet got into @druinok’s mind as well. There have been some good discussions and even great ideas as a result of her post, yet it didn’t seem to be what I was looking for.
The excerpt above was it! Why not have an essential questions board? As we begin a unit, post to share our EQs, offer post-its for students to add to the board as we progress, revisit throughout the unit and again as a springboard for reflection as we end.
I believe this is one idea that will meet all of my goals. It also supports a thinking environment from this #makthinkvis post. I am looking forward to sharing more on the progression of this idea.