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.