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Geometry Essential Questions

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

Geometry is an important part of mathematics, one that deals with shapes and spatial relationships. This lesson offers a list of essential questions for students to think about when learning geometry.

What Are Geometry Essential Questions?

Geometry is the branch of mathematics that deals with shapes and spatial relationships. Over the course of their mathematical education, students will learn about two-dimensional and three-dimensional geometry, and they will have multiple opportunities to work with the connection between geometry and other aspects of mathematics. Guiding any student's work with geometry should be essential questions, or questions that get at the conceptual underpinnings of the field.

Essential questions differ from other questions in that they often do not have simple right or wrong answers, and they operate on a conceptual level. To be able to answer essential questions, students will have to have a deep understanding of geometry that they have built up over time. While a teacher may never pose essential questions directly to students, she should have these questions in mind when designing lessons or unit plans.

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