Because much of my work these days is based in geospatial technologies, the notion of questions and problem solving is common among my colleagues’ discussions; however, that’s not the same elsewhere. As you plan your next year’s activities, perhaps we need to examine the right questions.
When you’re creating and planning experiences for students in the classroom, I like to consider the top questions that remind me of my English teacher days and teaching short story anatomy.
WHO: author, audience, subject
WHEN: context, history, time, year
WHERE: place, era, region, location
HOW: methods, plans, philosophy, organization, structure
WHY: purpose, explain, analyze, think, investigate, research
WHAT’S NEXT: plan, propose, conclude, consult
WHAT IF: suppose, conclude, plan, conjecture, imagine
And, ultimately the big question gets answered, “Why do I need to know this?”