Essential Questions

Opening Doors to Student Understanding

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Author: Jay McTighe,Grant P. Wiggins

Publisher: ASCD

ISBN: 1416615059

Category: Education

Page: 119

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What are "essential questions," and how do they differ from other kinds of questions? What's so great about them? Why should you design and use essential questions in your classroom? Essential questions (EQs) help target standards as you organize curriculum content into coherent units that yield focused and thoughtful learning. In the classroom, EQs are used to stimulate students' discussions and promote a deeper understanding of the content. Whether you are an Understanding by Design (UbD) devotee or are searching for ways to address standards--local or Common Core State Standards--in an engaging way, Jay McTighe and Grant Wiggins provide practical guidance on how to design, initiate, and embed inquiry-based teaching and learning in your classroom. Offering dozens of examples, the authors explore the usefulness of EQs in all K-12 content areas, including skill-based areas such as math, PE, language instruction, and arts education. As an important element of their backward design approach to designing curriculum, instruction, and assessment, the authors *Give a comprehensive explanation of why EQs are so important; *Explore seven defining characteristics of EQs; *Distinguish between topical and overarching questions and their uses; *Outline the rationale for using EQs as the focal point in creating units of study; and *Show how to create effective EQs, working from sources including standards, desired understandings, and student misconceptions. Using essential questions can be challenging--for both teachers and students--and this book provides guidance through practical and proven processes, as well as suggested "response strategies" to encourage student engagement. Finally, you will learn how to create a culture of inquiry so that all members of the educational community--students, teachers, and administrators--benefit from the increased rigor and deepened understanding that emerge when essential questions become a guiding force for learners of all ages.

Essential Questions

Opening Doors to Student Understanding

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Author: Jay McTighe,Grant Wiggins

Publisher: ASCD

ISBN: 1416615709

Category: Education

Page: 119

View: 5657

What are "essential questions," and how do they differ from other kinds of questions? What's so great about them? Why should you design and use essential questions in your classroom? Essential questions (EQs) help target standards as you organize curriculum content into coherent units that yield focused and thoughtful learning. In the classroom, EQs are used to stimulate students' discussions and promote a deeper understanding of the content. Whether you are an Understanding by Design (UbD) devotee or are searching for ways to address standards--local or Common Core State Standards--in an engaging way, Jay McTighe and Grant Wiggins provide practical guidance on how to design, initiate, and embed inquiry-based teaching and learning in your classroom. Offering dozens of examples, the authors explore the usefulness of EQs in all K-12 content areas, including skill-based areas such as math, PE, language instruction, and arts education. As an important element of their backward design approach to designing curriculum, instruction, and assessment, the authors *Give a comprehensive explanation of why EQs are so important; *Explore seven defining characteristics of EQs; *Distinguish between topical and overarching questions and their uses; *Outline the rationale for using EQs as the focal point in creating units of study; and *Show how to create effective EQs, working from sources including standards, desired understandings, and student misconceptions. Using essential questions can be challenging--for both teachers and students--and this book provides guidance through practical and proven processes, as well as suggested "response strategies" to encourage student engagement. Finally, you will learn how to create a culture of inquiry so that all members of the educational community--students, teachers, and administrators--benefit from the increased rigor and deepened understanding that emerge when essential questions become a guiding force for learners of all ages.

Wait, What?

And Life's Other Essential Questions

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Author: James E. Ryan

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 006266476X

Category: Self-Help

Page: 144

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New York Times Bestseller “What, What? is a welcome—and joyful—reminder that true wisdom comes from asking the right questions. Should you read this book? Absolutely.” —Clayton Christensen, bestselling author of How Will You Measure Your Life? Based on the wildly popular commencement address, the art of asking (and answering) good questions by the Dean of Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. Whether we’re in the boardroom or the classroom, we spend far too much time and energy looking for the right answer. But the truth is that questions are just as important as answers, often more so. If you ask the wrong question, for instance, you’re guaranteed to get the wrong answer. A good question, on the other hand, inspires a good answer and, in the process, invites deeper understanding and more meaningful connections between people. Asking a good question requires us to move beyond what we think we know about an issue or a person to explore the difficult and the unknown, the awkward, and even the unpleasant. In Wait, What?, Jim Ryan, dean of Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, celebrates the art of asking—and answering—good questions. Five questions in particular: Wait, what?; I wonder…? Couldn’t we at least…?; How can I help?; and What truly matters? Using examples from politics, history, popular culture, and social movements, as well as his own personal life, Ryan demonstrates how these essential inquiries generate understanding, spark curiosity, initiate progress, fortify relationships, and draw our attention to the important things in life—from the Supreme Court to Fenway Park. By regularly asking these five essential questions, Ryan promises, we will be better able to answer life’s most important question: “And did you get what you wanted out of life, even so?” At once hilarious and illuminating, poignant and surprising, Wait, What? is an inspiring book of wisdom that will forever change the way you think about questions.

Answers to Essential Questions About Standards, Assessments, Grading, and Reporting

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Author: Thomas R. Guskey,Lee Ann Jung

Publisher: Corwin Press

ISBN: 145228427X

Category: Education

Page: 176

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The definitive guidebook to the complex terrain of 21st-century standards! Standards, assessments, grading, and reporting provide the foundation for nearly every initiative in modern education reform. But what do these terms actually mean? This easy-to-use Q&A gives short, simple, jargon-free answers to the questions that frequently stymie educators. Readers will come away with: A consistent vocabulary and frame of reference to share with other educators An understanding of effective implementation in all four areas Specific ideas for purposeful action Common ground that teachers, leadership teams, schools, and districts can use as a basis for successful improvement efforts

Probation

12 Essential Questions

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Author: Fergus McNeill,Ioan Durnescu,René Butter

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137519827

Category: Social Science

Page: 281

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This volume poses a series of key questions about the practice of probation as an integral part of the European criminal justice system. The contributors are established experts in their respective fields of study and together their questions address the legitimacy, and perhaps continued existence, of probation. The book offers analyses of why people offend and stop offending, and the wide ranging impacts of probation. This includes the impact on offenders' social reintegration, as a form of reparation for victims and communities, on public desire for justice and punishment, and on probationers themselves. The contributors further assess the state of probation and its adaptation to the current state of penality and society, the role of probation officers in pre-sentencing decision-making and the promotion of community sanctions and measures. By providing important recommendations and suggestions for application to practice, the book will be of great interest to academics, students, policy makers and practitioners alike.

Before You Join a Board

21 Essential Questions

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Author: John Balkcom

Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 1457513218

Category: Self-Help

Page: 180

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This guidebook to board membership lays out three broad lines of questioning that every board candidate should explore before saying "yes" or "no" to an invitation to join. The three clusters of questions include (1) those that make or break the opportunity, (2) those that explore the relative hygiene or well being of the board inviting you to join, and (3) those that distinguish merely good boards from the practices of those boards that can be said to be great. The preface provides a pragmatist s view of how to make productive use of this book. The author of the preface is Ken Bloem, a seasoned director, current executive chairman of a private firm, and former CEO in multiple settings, both for-profit and not-for-profit. He speaks from deep experience as both a CEO and an independent director. John Balkcom has been a longtime advisor to management and boards. He retired in 2000 after 25 years as a management consultant and continues to serve as a corporate director and advisory board member for a number of public and private enterprises. Most recently, he became a member of the governing board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. Before John and his wife Carol moved to Denver in 2010, they spent almost 40 years in the Chicago area, from which John traveled to every corner of the US, with trips to New Zealand, South Africa, and Europe from time to time. His work as a consultant and as a board member put him in front of over a thousand board and committee meetings before he stopped to write this book. He served as a partner at Booz, Allen and Hamilton and at Sibson & Company, from which he retired in 2000."

The Essential Questions Handbook, Grades 4-8

Hundreds of Guiding Questions That Help You Plan and Teach Successful Lessons in the Content Areas

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Author: Scholastic Teaching Resources

Publisher: Scholastic Teaching Resources

ISBN: 9780545305853

Category: Education

Page: 96

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This teacher time-saver is packed with big questions that dig deep into 40 top themes and topics in math, language arts, science, and social studies.

The Way

Twelve Essential Questions for the Path of Life

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Author: Steven A. Walker

Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 1457540339

Category: Self-Help

Page: 294

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Life is like a path: it has a beginning and a destination. Whether you realize it or not, you’re headed somewhere; you’re becoming someone. You are moving on the path of life. Where is life taking you? The decisions you make and the direction you head will determine your destination. Getting to where God wants you to end up requires you to be intentional about your life. But to keep on track, you’ll need directions or, better yet, a map. The Way offers a map for travelers on the path of life. It provides twelve evaluative questions, linked to corresponding, identifiable landmarks, and good resources to help you figure out where you are right now, and where you need to head next.

The Four Essential Questions

Choosing Spiritually Healthy Habits

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Author: Beca Lewis

Publisher: DoctorZed Publishing

ISBN: 0980659558

Category:

Page: N.A

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Use the comforting and inspiring messages of The Four Essential Questions to become your own life guide. Discover and eliminate useless, destructive perceptions and habits, and find freedom in your true spiritual nature and Unique Spiritual Blessing. Learn how to move through the chaos of daily life to your own place of inner peace and love. Get practical tools for dissolving material habits that keep you from your true spiritual nature. Feel the relief and joy of knowing that you can be free of all limiting habits and beliefs. Rediscover the Divine in all things, and have your own constant conversation with God.The tools and ideas found in this book have revealed heaven on earth to thousands of people and will do the same for you. WHAT READERS SAY: "The Four Essential Questions is a ground-breaking, paradigm-shifting book. Going well beyond the common view of those interested in improved living, it moves the reader to seriously re-commit themselves to their spiritual life. Humanhood is not spiritual life, and that distinction is well-made in Beca Lewis' insightful book. It could be read and used for inspiration, though its great contribution is transformation, which will occur when you read it slowly, reflect on it fully, and move forward only when you hear what Beca calls "the good voice." I believe this book can be the turning point for anyone wanting to do more than simply find a formula to get what is wanted. It will cause you to question everything...pun definitely intended. Read it!" - Rhoberta Shaler, PhD, Founder of Sow Peace International, author of Wrestling Rhinos: Conquering Conflicts In The Wilds Of Work"Beca Lewis has written a thoughtful and deeply felt spiritual guide to dissolving the material habits that keep us from our spiritual nature. It is a calming meditation that will help you move through the daily cacophony to a place of deep inner peace and love. Bravo, Beca! Thank you for this." - Chellie Campbell, author of The Wealthy Spirit and Zero to Zillionaire"Beca Lewis has found a road map to navigate our mental highways, bringing resolution to what we desire in life: harmonious relationships, satisfying work and wealth, as well as spiritual enrichment. You will find the practical tools that will bring a sense of relief and joy to what you seek in your journey in this, her latest book, The Four Essential Questions" - David Keyston, Pres., Healing Unlimited (HealingUnlimited.com)ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Beca Lewis' mission is to shift perceptions to Spiritual Reality with an eye to provable and practical application. The Four Essential Questions takes its place among her other books as an inspiring guide to show us the way out of limitation and into the abundance and grace of the Divine.

The Essential Question

How You Can Make a Difference for God

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Author: Whitney T. Kuniholm

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 0830836748

Category: Religion

Page: 144

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What difference am I making with my life? Whitney Kuniholm, president of Scripture Union/USA, addresses this fundamental question through the lens of fifty brief reflections from the book of Acts. The experiences of the first Christians show us that God has an essential mission for all of his people.

The Identity Code

The 8 Essential Questions for Finding Your Purpose and Place in the World

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Author: Laurence Ackerman

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1588365220

Category: Self-Help

Page: 208

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This book will introduce you to yourself. Despite what you may have been told since you were a child, you cannot be whatever you want to be in life–you are already what you were meant to be. The secret to uncovering who you are, and your purpose, is built into you in the form of a code–the identity code. Much like your genetic code, your identity code provides a complete map of how you were designed to live. Answer the questions that frame the identity code, and the contours of your life will shift. You will not only emerge stronger, you will emerge larger. Larger in heart, larger in influence, larger in your capacity to love and be loved. You will understand the why of your life. In this life-transforming book, Larry Ackerman shows you how to crack your identity code. With more than twenty years of experience helping organizations and individuals identify their purpose, Ackerman reveals the Laws of Identity and the Eight Essential Questions they contain. As you answer these questions, your identity will gradually become clear. It will become the foundation from which you’ll make truly meaningful decisions about what work is right for you, how to build and maintain relationships that matter, and even what interests and hobbies make sense for you. These eight questions, and the call to action each one implies, are WHO AM I?: Define yourself as separate from all others WHAT MAKES ME SPECIAL?: Unearth what you love IS THERE A PATTERN TO MY LIFE?: Make the connections that explain past events and foreshadow your future WHERE AM I GOING?: Use what you’ve learned so far to guide you on your path WHAT IS MY GIFT?: Follow the signs of joy WHO CAN I TRUST?: Take stock of who matters–and why WHAT IS MY MESSAGE?: Declare yourself on the strength of your gift WILL MY LIFE BE RICH?: Surrender to the pull of your identity As Ackerman points out, unbridled freedom actually weighs you down. The myth of personal freedom–the notion that you have infinite choices in the course you set for yourself–is the unspoken agony of the modern person. True freedom comes with knowing your identity: the unique characteristics that define your potential for creating value in the world, for making a contribution that springs naturally from the core of your being and touches the lives of others. Within this framework, life’s seeming boundaries melt away. Intelligent, provocative, and always practical, The Identity Code sets the reader on the classic quest: the discovery of self. Take the journey. From the Hardcover edition.

101 Essential Questions for the RN-To-Be!

Nclex® RN Review-Including Priority and Delegation

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Author: Rhonda Gumbs-Savain,Derrice Jordan

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 9781463457051

Category: Education

Page: N.A

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"I'm so stressed out, I am not ready to take this NCLEX® exam, I think I will wait 2 more months". Sound familiar? Stop procrastinating! The time is now. Finally! A simplified, non-threatening NCLEX® review book. Take a simulated 101 question practice exam and learn how to answer NCLEX® style questions. Find out how to prioritize, delegate and think critically. Finally! "Nursing exams made easy". Brought to you by the directors of Ready to Pass Inc. Are you ready to pass?

I Only Want to Get Married Once

The 10 Essential Questions for Getting It Right the First Time

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Author: Chana Levitan

Publisher: Grand Central Life & Style

ISBN: 1455525073

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 192

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There is no rule that says heartbreak must be a prerequisite for good judgment. If you don't want to be a divorce statistic and are ready for a long-lasting relationship, this book's for you. In today's divorce culture, too many people have stopped trusting their ability to build a loving and lasting marriage. Now renowned relationship coach and counselor Chana Levitan reveals the 10 essential questions everyone should ask before saying "I do." Readers will learn how to: spot long-term potential; know the difference between infatuation and love-how they work against each other and yet how they can work together; reevaluate their approach to love and what they really need to succeed in building a loving marriage; gain the confidence to steer through the decision making process of dating; and more. Filled with real-life anecdotes and insightful advice, I ONLY WANT TO GET MARRIED ONCE helps readers get it right the first time.

The Coaching Habit

Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever

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Author: Michael Bungay Stanier

Publisher: Box of Crayons Press

ISBN: 0978440749

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 242

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Coaching is an essential skill for leaders. But for most busy, overworked managers, coaching employees is done badly, or not at all. They're just too busy, and it's too hard to change. But what if managers could coach their people in 10 minutes or less? In Michael Bungay Stanier's The Coaching Habit, coaching becomes a regular, informal part of your day so managers and their teams can work less hard and have more impact. Coaching is an art and it's far easier said than done. It takes courage to ask a question rather than offer up advice, provide an answer, or unleash a solution. Giving another person the opportunity to find their own way, make their own mistakes, and create their own wisdom is both brave and vulnerable. It can also mean unlearning our ''fix it'' habits. In this practical and inspiring book, Michael shares seven transformative questions that can make a difference in how we lead and support. And, he guides us through the tricky part - how to take this new information and turn it into habits and a daily practice. -Brené Brown, author of Rising Strong and Daring Greatly Drawing on years of experience training more than 10,000 busy managers from around the globe in practical, everyday coaching skills, Bungay Stanier reveals how to unlock your peoples' potential. He unpacks seven essential coaching questions to demonstrate how---by saying less and asking more--you can develop coaching methods that produce great results. - Get straight to the point in any conversation with The Kickstart Question - Stay on track during any interaction with The AWE Question - Save hours of time for yourself with The Lazy Question, and hours of time for others with The Strategic Question - Get to the heart of any interpersonal or external challenge with The Focus Question and The Foundation Question - Finally, ensure others find your coaching as beneficial as you do with The Learning Question A fresh, innovative take on the traditional how-to manual, the book combines insider information with research based in neuroscience and behavioural economics, together with interactive training tools to turn practical advice into practiced habits. Dynamic question-and-answer sections help identify old habits and kick-start new behaviour, making sure you get the most out of all seven chapters. Witty and conversational, The Coaching Habit takes your work--and your workplace--from good to great.

Eight Essential Questions Teachers Ask

A Guidebook for Communicating with Students

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Author: Deanna P. Dannels

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780199330997

Category: Education

Page: 242

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Eight Essential Questions Teachers Ask: A Guidebook for Communicating with Students acknowledges and addresses the essential questions and concerns that emerge for teachers in all stages of development. Using a narrative style that incorporates actual voices of teachers, this book offersreaders relevant research, peer mentoring, communication-focused recommendations, and reflective practice opportunities. This unique resource provides useful strategies for addressing communication questions that emerge in the teacher development process.This book is intended for graduate communication courses and upper division undergraduate communication courses focused on teacher training and development. As such, this book could serve as a stand-alone resource for these courses or it could be a supplement to a longer handbook (given the book isintended to be relatively short by comparison). Additionally, this book could be marketed to teacher training programs and centers that often purchase-in bulk- training materials for new teachers. Generally, the new teachers participating in these courses, programs or centers would likely be MS/MAand PhD level graduate students or lecturers.Eight Essential Questions Teachers Ask is uniquely situated to fill a niche that current communication education and instructional communication handbooks do not because of its distinct approach. First, the book is organized around empirically grounded teacher communication concerns that arepressingto new teachers (and those teachers who teach new teachers). Current books are organized topically or contextually around scholarly lines of inquiry that might not speak to the immediate challenges new teachers face. Second, this book uses a framing mechanism-teacher communication concerns- that is relevant and timely for new teachers as the entryway for introducing instructional communication literature. In this way, the book makes the instructional communication research accessible and pertinent to new teachers who might not otherwise find such comprehensive syntheses applicablefor their immediate teacher preparation needs. Finally, this book uses a narrative style to explore, address, and provide recommendations about managing concerns - emulating styles that often characterize mentoring relationships that new teachers seek out when faced with their concerns. In this way,this style and tone of this book speak to new teachers in ways comprehensive syntheses cannot.The five primary objectives of this book include:1. Acknowledging the lived, experienced communication concerns of new teachers2. Providing a foundation of research essentials that speak to teacher communication concerns3. Harnessing the power of peer guidance to provide insight into teacher communication concerns4. Providing concrete, communication-focused recommendations to mitigate teacher communication concerns5. Encouraging reflective practice about teacher communication concerns

Fluxus and the Essential Questions of Life

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Author: Jacquelynn Baas,Hood Museum of Art

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226033594

Category: Art

Page: 133

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Exhibition schedule: Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College: April 16?August 7, 2011; Grey Art Gallery, New York University: September 9?December 3, 2011; University of Michigan Museum of Art: February 25?May 20th, 2012.

Holes

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Author: Louis Sachar

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9780374332662

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 265

View: 3931

As further evidence of his family's bad fortune which they attribute to a curse on a distant relative, Stanley Yelnats is sent to a hellish correctional camp in the Texas desert where he finds his first real friend, a treasure, and a new sense of himself. A Newbery Award Winner. 75,000 first printing.

Essential Questions in Adolescent Literacy

Teachers and Researchers Describe What Works in Classrooms

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Author: Jill Lewis

Publisher: Guilford Press

ISBN: 1606233661

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 346

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In each chapter of this unique volume, an exemplary teacher collaborates with a prominent scholar to present real-world strategies for putting literacy research to work in grades 5–12. These lively dialogues tackle key questions in adolescent literacy, including issues of motivation, critical thinking skills, content-area writing, differentiated instruction, assessment, English language learning, and technology. Suggestions for incorporating adolescents' out-of-school literacies and working with reading specialists and coaches show how to build connections between the classroom and wider communities. In-depth portraits of challenges and successes in the classroom, practical instructional tips, and stimulating questions for reflection make the book a valuable resource for inservice and preservice teachers.

The Right Questions

Ten Essential Questions To Guide You To An Extraordinary Life

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Author: Debbie Ford

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 9780061870071

Category: Self-Help

Page: 192

View: 9789

New York Times number–one bestselling author Debbie Ford presents revolutionary questions that, when answered with complete honesty, change the way we see ourselves and make decisions – ultimately moving us toward the life we desire. The realities of the life we live today are a result of the choices we made yesterday, three months ago and three years ago. But we don't wind up $50,000 dollars in debt because of one extravagant purchase. Nor do we put on 30 unwanted pounds as a result of a couple of decadent meals. And our relationships certainly don't fall apart overnight because of one decision. We are where we are because of repeated unconscious choices made day after day. If we want to understand why and how we created our present day reality, all we need to do is look at the choices we made in the past. Ford cuts right through our denial with the 10 questions that immediately reveal the true motivations behind our thoughts and actions. But more than that, by rigorously and honestly asking and answering these 10 vital questions, we regain control and have the power necessary to create the life we always wanted.