I have long asked for this. There is something more open and thought provoking about a well worded and well intentioned question at cannot be replicated with a statement. How do we know what the central idea of a unit is going to be even before we start investigating?
A moment today, as we were fine tuning Central Idea's for the upcoming exhibition, brought me back to this point:
Me: There is a great idea in here, but the wording is missing something.
S: Yeah, it is missing a focus, but how am I supposed to include anything before I have even started researching?
Now, I have thoroughly enjoyed the one on one process of sitting down with students and working on these statements. It has involved some fantastic thinking and the kids have shown incredible open mindedness in changing their ideas. They are letting the ideas flow, and going with the changes. I am very proud of them.
However, I think that we would feel the same way even if we were using this time to craft a question, rather than a statement. I also think that learning to craft and ask highly engaging and deeply interesting questions is a far important skill to practice.
Just my thoughts.