The natural outcome of a project is driven by the question or problem statement. These questions become the heart of effective project based and inquiry based learning. They are open-ended and intriguing, Driving Questions focus on the problem and allow for complexity and divergent paths. They should arise from real world problems that students are passionate about.
Helpful online articles and resources to help you create your driving question include:
Bucks Institute for provides some excellent resources to review.
Driving Question Tubric 2.0 – The DQ TUBRIC 2.0 is not only a great hands-on activity for teachers during professional development, but it’s also a great collaborative tool to help your students create their own Driving Questions for their projects. So just download it, print it, and build it!
Crafting a Driving Question – A project without a Driving Question is like an essay without a thesis. Without one, a reader might be able to pick out the main point a writer is trying to make, but with a thesis the main point is unmistakable. Without a Driving Question, students may not understand why they are doing the project.
Practice with Driving Questions – Once you have the project theme or a “big idea” for a project, capture the theme in the form of a problem or a question that cannot easily be solved or answered. Click the button next to each guideline below to view example questions.
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