Essential Questions in Mathematics—An Excerpt from McTighe and Wiggins’s New Book


eq10.9.3“For those educators seeking the choicest curriculum and vitality in learning, what we have in our hands is bound to be a classic cornerstone,” writes Heidi Hayes Jacobs in the foreword to Jay McTighe and Grant Wiggins’s latest ASCD book, Essential Questions: Opening Doors to Student Understanding.

Her words inspired me to track down an excerpt to help you get started with essential questions (EQs) right away. The below passage will help you connect EQs in mathematics to the Common Core State Standards.

If you’d like to first delve into just what makes a question essential, take a look at Chapter 1, which is available to the public on




Editor’s note: This book is available now in print and e-book formats.