Developing Essential and Driving Questions


A tool to organize the process of distilling essential and driving questions from the inspiration stage.

This Gets You
to reflect on your inspiration phase and bring insights forward into creating the essential and driving questions for your inquiry. 

Keep in Mind
the essential question is ultimately what you hope to learn or solve through the inquiry and the driving questions are the fuel to get there. It is important to share your work to elicit feedback for critique and revision; consider using a Gallery Walk, Critical Friends Protocol, or other sharing processes. 

Collect insights, themes, questions and big ideas from the inspiration phase that you want to inform your inquiry and put them on the left side of the tool.

Take a stab at writing an essential question for your challenge and phrase driving questions that you wish to pursue.

Share your draft questions for critique and revision. Revise as necessary.

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