Purpose: What kind of thinking does this routine encourage?
This routine activates prior knowledge, generates ideas and curiosity and sets the stage for deeper inquiry.
Application: When and where can I use it?
This routine works especially well when introducing a new topic, concept or theme in the classroom. It helps students take stock of what they already know and then pushes students to identify puzzling questions or areas of interest to pursue. Teachers can get a good sense of where students are on a conceptual level and, by returning to the routine over the course of study, they can identify development and progress. The third question is useful in helping students lay the ground work for independent inquiry.