In this activity students work through a facilitated discussion protocol with big questions to promote big thinking.



Good reflection is all about good questions!

Essential Questions allow students to keep the main idea in mind. Questions should be broad and without easy answers. They can provide the motivation to keep asking, learning, and being curious, in pursuit of answers to big questions.
Find an Essential Question for this lesson that will do that.

If you're using questions from the provided Question Bank, pick from the Group and Leadership or Extending the Journey sections.


“At the heart of a rationale for questioning is the truth of the rather paradoxical observation. 'How do I know what I think until I hear what I say?'"

As odd as that quotation may at first appear, most of us can verify the remark; in professional, informal, or even social conversation, many of us hay e been startled to hear ourselves making a statement or expressing an opinion that we did not know we actually believed until we heard ourselves speak.

Talking, asking, and answering questions often relays our thoughts and feelings to us as well as to others. This experience, in turn, clarifies our views and focuses our thinking.”

Christenbury and Kelly: "Questioning, A Path to Critical Thinking"