Editor’s Note: This week, we’re introducing you to the AMAZING freebies, ideas and tips that we share exclusively in our weekly Sunday emails.  This is just a sneak peek at what you’re missing, so if you haven’t already subscribed, be sure to do so!

Did you know that Amazon.com is increasing the amount of robots in their distribution centers by 20% this past holiday season?  Like it or hate it, so much of what used to require a human has been replaced by technology.

This is, of course, a huge concern for us educators.  Not only in the frightening sense of losing that human bond, but also in the very real fear that Google will take our place in the classroom.  And if all we ever do is ask our students Google-able questions (the types of questions that anyone could look up on a search engine), then we’ve lost the battle already.

One way we can combat this and encourage our students to connect, create, inspire and innovate is through the use of essential questions.  By using these as guides for our lessons and encouraging our students to investigate their answers, we are providing the kind of springboard for learning our students need.

For today’s freebie, I’m sharing with you my Ultimate Essential Questions Starter. This contains essential questions in the Arts, Reading and Math that can be used individually or together to craft a meaningful arts integration lesson quickly.



Our students will only ever create as much or as far as the questions they consider. Let’s continue to challenge them each day by providing questions that spark curiosity and connect to their own experiences.  No robot (or search engine) can do that!