Big Ideas and Questions


Respond to the following in a minimum of 175 words: 

One way to organize interdisciplinary thematic study is around big ideas and essential questions. Big ideas can be applied across disciplines, promote an in-depth understanding, and are unifying concepts. Essential questions go beyond just asking for information. They build an inquiry or follow a line of thought that encourages the analysis of experiences to form conclusions or to ask more questions. How do you know if you have a “good” big idea or essential question?  What is it about the idea or question that makes it worthy of study? How can you develop your students’ ability to ask questions?  What are the characteristics of good question sequences that will engage students and have them generating their own questions?