Making Curriculum Matter to Students

By Erin Nerlino  February 1, 2023  Why do I need to know this?” “When will I ever need this again?” As a high school teacher, I regularly hear these questions from students. Sometimes their frequency makes them easy to dismiss as complaints, but buried within them are two important questions for teachers: (1) Does each […]

Essential Questions

by Jay McTighe and Grant Wiggins Table of Contents Chapter 1. What Makes a Question Essential? Teachers regularly pose questions to their students, but the purpose and form of these questions can vary widely. This book is about a particular kind of question—one we call “essential.” So, what makes a question “essential”? Let us begin […]

Starting Strong

Establishing the “what” and the “why” in the first 10–15 minutes pays high dividends. My high school biology teacher had a sign taped to her desk that read “Failure to plan on your part does not constitute an emergency on mine.” After becoming a teacher, I realized that when it came to lessons, failure to […]