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Essential questions are open-ended questions that naturally recur. They enable students to make meaning rather than simply take or receive them. They help students truly understand ideas by driving them to ponder, edit, debate, and discuss these questions. Essential questions are different from guiding questions or one-time classroom questions and require careful consideration on the part of the teacher formulating them, and students who approach them.

Well-formulated essential questions can create space for lively and detailed discussion and debate, nurturing engaged and curious learners. These questions are important tools for teachers seeking to foster inquiry in their classrooms, and crafting them can be an essential skill to master. This resource is a mega list of 200 questions that seeks to inspire and support teachers in cultivating meaningful classroom experiences.

Use this resource to:

  • Explore a plethora of questions across subjects.
  • Browse appropriate questions for your classroom and subject.
  • Get inspiration to formulate your own essential questions.
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Jay McTighe
Jay McTighe is a veteran educator, having served as a teacher, resource specialist, program coordinator, and director of a state program for gifted students. He is an accomplished author, having co-authored 18 books, including the award-winning and best-selling Understanding by Design series with Grant Wiggins. His books have been translated into fourteen languages. Jay has also written more than 50 book chapters, articles and blogs, and been published in leading journals, including Educational Leadership (ASCD), Edutopia and Education Week. Jay has an extensive background in professional development and is a regular speaker at state, national and international conferences and workshops. He has made presentations in 47 states within the United States, in 7 Canadian provinces, and internationally in 38 countries on six continents.
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A Megalist of Essential Questions
Essential questions are open-ended questions that naturally recur. They enable students to make meaning rather than simply take or receive them. They help students truly understand ideas by driving them to ponder, edit, debate, and discuss these questions. Essential questions are different from guiding questions or one-time classroom questions, and require careful consideration on the part of the teacher formulating them, and students who approach them.

Well-formulated essential questions can create space for lively and detailed discussion and debate, nurturing engaged and curious learners. These questions are important tools for teachers seeking to foster inquiry in their classrooms, and crafting them can be an essential skill to master. This resource is a go-to megalist of 200 questions (50 per each subject - English, Math, Science, and Social Studies) that seeks to inspire and support teachers in cultivating meaningful classroom experiences.