Asking the Right Questions

By | 2017-06-06T09:48:42+00:00 December 28th, 2015|


Did you know that increased 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  Like it or hate it, so much of what used to require a human has been replaced by technology.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.

The Ultimate Essential Questions Starter

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 essential questions that spark curiosity and connect to their own experiences.  No robot (or search engine) can do that!

About the Author:

Susan Riley is the founder and President of She focuses on teacher professional development in arts integration, Common Core State Standards, 21st century learning skills, and technology. She is also a published author and frequent presenter at national conferences on Arts Integration and Arts and the Common Core.

Susan holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from the prestigious Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ and a Master of Science in Education Administration from McDaniel College in Westminster, MD. She lives in Westminster, MD with her husband and daughter.

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