Co-Created Essential Questions

Career and Technical Education Teachers from Madison Public Schools, CT

  • How am I developing my skills to become more marketable?
  • What things do I do to show my professionalism? Where do I need to improve?
  • What professional language (terms and abbreviations and symbols) is common in the work environment? How can I remember?
  • What are the sounds/smells/sights/texture that I sense that indicate there is a problem?
  • How do we work together to get it done?
  • Who am I speaking to? What is the purpose of the communication? Given that, what is the most appropriate method of communications?
  • What things do I do to show my professionalism? Where do I need to improve?
  • What hazards are present in the work environment? What’s the right thing to do?
  • How does my focus affect productivity of the work environment?
  • How do I recognize good safety practice?
  • How do you reduce the risk of injury in the work environment (personal equipment, using these materials, this tool, this piece of equipment, collaborating with others)?
  • How precise do I need to be based on the product (and the specs)?
  • How do I organize and prioritize my work?
  • How do my resources help to create a better product?
  • How do I use what I already know to make sense of this current situation?
  • How do I choose an appropriate software program?
  • How do I choose the right material/tool for a task to keep the customer/client happy?
  • How precise do I need to be based on the product (and the specs)?
  • How do I increase efficiency without sacrificing quality?
  • How do I do as I’m told and still make it my own?
  • What is the problem? What adjustments need to be made?
  • How do you adapt techniques if the most appropriate equipment/ingredients/resources aren’t available?
  • How do I choose wise parameters given constraints?

Marketing Essential Questions:

  • What image do I want my brand to represent? What is the desired outcome/purpose with my customers?
  • How will I gather information about my desired target market?
  • What do customers need and want?
  • How can I communicate effectively with my customer?
  • How can we continually change and innovate our brand?
  • How do we monitor changes in consumer behaviors?
  • How will you satisfy your customers needs and wants?
  • How can I communicate effectively with my customer?
  • What image do I want my brand to represent?
  • What is the desired outcome/purpose with my customers?
  • How will you satisfy your customers needs and wants?
  • How do we monitor changes in consumer behavior?
  • What is the desired outcome/purpose with my customers?

Video Production Essential Questions:

  • How do I effectively capture a moment?
  • What is the message I’m trying to communicate?
  • How will the audience understand what I’m trying to say?
  • How do I capture what I need without putting anyone in danger?
  • How does what I begin creating on paper inspire the feel of the final product?
  • What are the parameters I have to pay attention to? How do I plan for that ahead of time? (time, legal forms)

Materials Processing Essential Questions:

  • What are the “rules” to using this piece of equipment? When can I use the rules to work more efficiently / effectively?
  • How does appropriate planning and execution impact results?