Fixed questions are pre-written questions that you and your students know about ahead of time. The questions included in a purchased curriculum, the ones at the end of a textbook chapter, those in the teacher’s edition or study guide, are all examples. Like shallow questions, they have expected, traditional, or typical answers that are often found within a small section of text or a limited range of thinking.
There are several problems with fixed questions. The first is that, quite simply, they are someone else’s questions. They are not questions generated by you and your curiosity or your students and their wonderings. Therefore, they are not often fully relevant, timely, or interesting.
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