Students can write the central idea in the middle, and begin formulating questions for each concept.
For students to identify their most powerful questions that could guide their inquiry and deepen their understanding, they can sort their questions. The Generative-Genuine double continuum is a great tool to sort questions. Inquiries need questions that are both generative (that take us somewhere) and genuine (that we care about) and this does the trick just nicely. I named each quadrant in order of value to inquiry as:
- DRIVERS: Questions that are both generative and genuine which will drive student inquiry.
- LOOKERS: Questions that are genuine but quick to look up.
- KEEPERS: Questions that are generative but low interest which may be kept for later.
- SNOOZERS: Questions that are not compelling nor could not drive an inquiry.
Although students pursue one DRIVING question, the thinking involved in generating questions and the insight it provides is valuable information about student learning.
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