UnGoogleable questions are the kind of the questions we must be posing to students. The kind of essential questions that, while they offer results in a search engine, don’t have any easy or quick answers and can’t be resolved in one lesson. The big picture questions that really drive learning and inquiry. At its most basic, inquiry is about asking questions, but to define inquiry as just asking questions would be too reductive. For inquiry to be successful for students, we must provide them with the space to identify and explore the questions, as well as the problems, that motivate them to learn. We can’t allow them to be satisfied with stopping at the first answer that Google provides them in a search. This is taking the easy way out and it offers the students no real meaningful growth as critical thinkers. Google search questions just skim the surface and fail to give students the opportunity to dive deeper into their research. Essential questions allow students to be engaged in uncovering the depth and richness of a topic.
Essential Questions in Language Arts
-Why am I writing?
-How do good writers hook and hold their readers?
-What is the relationship between fiction and truth?
-How are stories from other places/times about me?
Essential Questions in Art
-What influences creative expression?
-What can artworks tell us about culture/society?
-To what extent do artists have a responsibility to their audience?
-What’s the difference between thoughtful and thoughtless critique?
-Do audiences have a responsibility to artists?
Essential Questions in Science
-What makes objects move the way they do?
-Why and how do scientific theories change?
-How can we best measure what we can’t see?
-How do we decide what to believe about a scientific claim?
-Is aging a disease?
Essential Questions in Math
-When and why should we estimate?
-Is there a pattern?
-What do good problem solvers do?
-How accurate does this solution need to be?
-What are the limits of this math model?