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SEP1: Asking Questions and Defining Problems

Students at any grade level should be able to ask questions of each other about the texts they read, the features of the phenomena they observe, and the conclusions they draw from their models or scientific investigations. For engineering, they should ask questions to define the problem to be solved and to elicit ideas that lead to the constraints and specifications for its solution. (NRC Framework 2012, p. 56)

Refer to the Essential Learning Event 1 Evidence-Based Practice for information related to the practice of Asking Questions and Defining Problems:

At these links you will find:

  • Sample student actions associated with SEP1
  • Sample teacher actions & instructional strategies for SEP1, questions to promote the use of SEP1 in the classroom
  • Sample assessment task formats to assess learning for SEP1.
Asking questions and defining problems