Sunday, March 30, 2008

Two Driving Questions

The brainstorming for questions was a very productive meeting. It began with discussing the big picture. I knew this was a crucial step now so that we could all be on the same page. We are using the model for planning designed by Buck Institute for Education ( The process includes five basic principals:
1. Begin with the end in mind
2. Craft the driving question
3. Plan the assessment
4. Map the project
5. Manage the process

After we completed the overview, we brainstormed topics we wanted to cover that related to food. We came up with several topics to create the driving question. The discussion was wonderful with everyone thinking of more ideas from another person's idea. Key points we considered is the food offered at the school; food offered at other schools; healthy alternatives; culture influences on food; vending machine; cost; eating disorders; services to utilize at the school (horticultural class) and fundraiser food.

From this list of topics we started to construct possible driving questions. The list resulted in two driving questions with possible other questions sent to the team recorder. The questions are: 1. How can NWC improve the nutritional needs of its students? 2. How can NWC students do to alter the food options available?

We adjourned the meeting discussing the two online tools we will use to keep a record online of the project. The two tools are and Below is a snapshot video of the meeting. I hope it is helpful to those who wish to do a project on their own or with a team of teachers.

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