Open-Ended Learning

We're becoming much smarter learners by turning our old ideas concerning questions and questioning a full 360 degrees. Are you up to the challenge?



Created by
Pam Lowe


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Activity Description

This activity is designed to redirect student thinking concerning questions and question responses. This activity will assist students to think on more creative and intellectual levels. We will explore three different types of questions: Selected Response, Closed Constructed Response and Open-Ended Constructed Response Questions.




Activity Directions

1. View the student examples of Stuart Little questions recognizing the difference between each question type.

2. Then view the student examples of Chapter 3 Missouri history questions and discuss the question types with your partner.

3. Download the Student Assessment document and print 3 copies. (Teachers may opt to photocopy 3 sets for the class.)

4. Click on the Graph Question below and record the selected response question on the first of the Student Assessment documents.

5. Next create a closed constructed response and an open-ended question on the document.

6. To complete the second Student Assessment document, 1 view the Area question from the Houghton Mifflin website. 2 Record the multiple choice question in the selected response area on the document. 3 Then complete the document by creating a closed constructed response and open-ended question.

7. Student Generated Questions Assignment: On the final Student Assessment document, choose one of the following math themes: addition, subtraction, multiplication or division.

8. Create first a multiple choice question using the theme on the final Student Assessment document.

9. Next, using the same problem you created, turn it into a closed constructed question.

10. Finally, using the same problem again, create an open-ended constructed response question.

11. Culminating Activity: Write an essay explaining what you have learned concerning the differences between the three question types. Include in your writing, what type of thinking is required in answering each of the three question types.

12. Some Things To Think About When Writing:

13. a. What type of thinking is required as you answer a selected response question? How about when answering a closed constructed response question? How much brain power is generated when answering an open-ended constructed response question?

14. b. How do you think creating and answering open-ended questions could make you a more successful learner?


15. Teachers: Click on Graph Question Results below to see some of the student reponses to the graph question.



Resources Required

 ResourceTypeRequirementsFile
1.Stuart Little QuestionsWeb SiteHardware:
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2.Missouri History Chapter 3 QuestionsWeb SiteHardware:
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3.Open-Ended Learning SG 1\"other\"Hardware:
PC

Software:
Other
OpenLrng1SG.pdf
4.Examples of fill in the blank questions.Web SiteHardware:
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5.Area Question from Houghton Mifflin Web SiteHardware:
PC
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6.Graph Question from Houghton Mifflin.Web SiteHardware:
PC
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7.Graph Question ResultsWeb SiteHardware:
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8.Open-Ended Learning SG 2\"other\"Hardware:
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Software:
Other
OpenLrng2SG.pdf
9.Open-Ended Writing Scoring Guide\"other\"Hardware:
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Software:
Other
OpenWritSG.pdf
10.Student Assessment DocumentHandoutHardware:
PC

Software:
Other
StudAssmt.pdf



1 hour a day
for 5 days

Last updated: December 04 2004, 9:00 pm
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