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Asking Questions to Improve Learning | The Teaching Center | Washington University in St. Louis. When you prepare for class, office hours, and help sessions, compose specific questions that you will ask your students (or that you anticipate they will ask you). Doing so will help you increase student participation and encourage active learning. The strategies below will also help you formulate questions for exams and paper assignments. Active learning extends beyond the classroom. When you ask questions in the classroom, you are modeling a process that students can and should use themselves; encourage your students to use the following questioning strategies to assess what they have learned, to develop their thinking skills, and to study for exams. General Strategies for Asking Questions When planning questions, keep in mind your course goals. Responding Effectively Wait for students to think and formulate responses.

Why Ask “Open” Questions? 1. What is the most important idea that was generated in today’s discussion? 2. Could you elaborate on that point? 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 492191.png (PNG Image, 601 × 770 pixels) Preparing a Classroom Culture for Deeper Learning | Edutopia. After reading an excerpt from the Declaration of Independence, students form a circle to engage in conversation about liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

The inquiry circle begins with two questions posed by the teacher: What is more important, liberty or the pursuit of happiness? Are liberty and the pursuit of happiness inalienable rights? To begin, some students argue that liberty and the pursuit of happiness are only open to the people who follow rules within a society. Others argue that while they agree to the rule of law, the argument might have exceptions. One student asks, "Is it morally right to take away freedoms for all crimes committed? " This leads to a conversation about the nature of happiness.

While the conversation was rich and rooted in deeper learning and understanding, the inquiry-based discussion did not end within the classroom. 1. The development of formal thinking and logical reasoning skills is necessary to achieving deeper learning. Photo Credit: Elizabeth A. 101questions. Educational Leadership:Instruction That Sticks:The Right Questions. The Question Formulation Technique in Action.

We’ve been at work for more than 20 years teaching a strategy that helps people in low-income communities learn to advocate for themselves and their families. We have seen people use the strategy to advocate for their children at school, participate in decisions that affect them at the welfare office, secure better job training opportunities, and partner more effectively with their healthcare providers. We’ve also seen that the same strategy has universal value and has been used by college and graduate school students, professors, and professionals in various fields. What is the “Right Question Strategy?” It is deceptively simple: Teach two just skills; how to ask your own questions and how to participate in decisions that affect you. We are seeing an explosion of implementation around the country in teaching the skill of question formulation.

Learning “just” these two skills creates not only a pathway to success on many levels but also a pathway to full participation in democracy. Creating Classrooms We Need: 8 Ways Into Inquiry Learning. If kids can access information from sources other than school, and if school is no longer the only place where information lives, what, then happens to the role of this institution? “Our whole reason for showing up for school has changed, but infrastructure has stayed behind,” said Diana Laufenberg, who taught history at the progressive public school Science Leadership Academy for many years.

Laufenberg provided some insight into how she guided students to find their own learning paths at school, and enumerated some of these ideas at SXSWEdu last week. 1. BE FLEXIBLE. Laufenberg recalled a group of tenacious students who continued to ask permission to focus their video project on the subject of drugs, despite her repeated objections. 2.

Laufenberg’s answer: Get them curious enough in the subject to do research on their own. “Rather than saying, ‘We’re going to study immigration,’ I took them through a process where they become interested in it themselves,” she said. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Teaching Strategies: Stimulate Through Effective Questioning. If you’re looking to improve the effectiveness of your teaching strategies, it’s best to start by improving your questions. Questioning students is the foundation of teaching, and when done effectively, it can transform a traditional teacher-led classroom into one where the students lead. Oftentimes teachers ask questions in an attempt to “fish” for the right answer. When doing this, teachers are missing out on giving all students the opportunity to participate in the class discussion.

To help shyer students develop skills of inquiry that will extend learning beyond the classroom, consider the following teaching strategies. With a little forethought and a bit of tweaking to your lessons, a STEM-based... To kick off this holiday week, we want to spread a little Thanksgiving joy with... Google Play for Educators is designed specifically to help teachers find the... Here are some ways teachers around the nation continually promote connectedness... Teaching Strategies for Asking Questions. Embracing Student Creativity With a Wonder Shelf. As a high school math teacher, it was important for me to create a learning space that welcomed on-demand wonder and exploration. I knew that I planned to have a few essential hands-on math tools, and in the last few years, I also knew that I needed to have other items that were essential for providing kids more creative freedom.

With a few containers, manipulatives, and supplies, along with some technology, I created a space that my students would go on to name "the wonder shelves. " What you are about to read was not an overnight process, but one that grew over an eight-year span. Components of the Wonder Shelves A few years ago, the wonder shelves housed our classroom math manipulatives sorted into individual or group containers. As I got to know my students, I began learning about their other interests outside of class. When I received classroom technology like laptops and iPads, they were housed on the wonder shelves and not locked away in a cabinet. From Wonder Shelf to Makerspace. Seven Shifts in How Students Do Research - Education Rethink. Image Credit: Research by Andrew Nolte from The Noun Project When I first began teaching, I viewed research as something separate from the rest of learning.

We did research projects or we kept the research as a phase within a project. Since then, I've had some shifts in how we do research: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. John Spencer is a teacher, author, speaker, and incessant doodler. Wonders To Start the School Year | Wonderopolis. My Interview with Natural Curiosity. Guided Inquiry : An Instructional Framework for Designing Effective Inquiry Units. Authentic Inquiry Maths. The Leadership Freak Code of Leadership. The Leadership Freak Code of Leadership Leaders without a code follow the course of least resistance. Life becomes unstable, stressful, and frustrating. Leaders without guiding principles are undependable followers. Power: Your leadership code is the foundation of decision making. Guiding principles enable leaders to take the long-term perspective. The code: Treat people like volunteers. The first thing that came to mind when I thought about my personal code of leadership was something Peter Drucker said.

“Accept the fact that we have to treat almost anybody as a volunteer.” Paychecks aren’t permission to treat people like slaves. 10 ways to treat employees like volunteers: Honor the person over what they accomplish. Bonus: Serve them while they serve the organization. Transformation: The way you view others transforms the way you treat them. Leadership attitudes change when employees are viewed as volunteers. The way you view others transforms the way you lead. Like this: Like Loading... My Interview with Natural Curiosity.

An inquiry into how the world works… Headphones on, each member of the group watches their assigned video and considers how it fits into the PYP trans disciplinary theme ‘How the World Works’… Inquiry into the natural world and its laws, the interaction between the natural world (physical and biological) and human societies; how humans use their understanding of scientific principles; the impact of scientific and technological advances on society and on the environment. We’re watching things as diverse as the longest pedestrian suspension bridge, how fish breathe, a poo powered flame thrower, a man-made forest on a river island in India and ice cream that doesn’t melt… Sharing back with the group provokes discussion about what excites us, connections we see, problems solved and issues raised… and the varied aspects each of us might find interesting to explore further.

We check which of the science strands are addressed by the videos and highlight the relevant concepts in each. The goals are as follows- And concerned about… Ways of Knowing in Singapore. Last weekend I had the pleasure to attend my first IB Asia Pacific Conference in Singapore. I was also one of those selected to present out of many, many submissions. (More about this next post). The conference itself was different to what I had anticipated - it was far more relaxed and inclusive than I had thought it may have been. I have come home with many thoughts about it all and here are some of my thinkings.... IB educators are passionate people. Being part of a twitter community like #mypchat helps to make connections and friends fast at big events like this.

My takeaway from the first Keynote with Prof Marcus du Sautoy. Richard Gerver also gave a keynote which I thoroughly enjoyed. I also went to a session on Academic Honesty presented by a Principal at an International School. He stated that academic honesty is a small question in a bigger pool of education integrity - what is happening on a larger scale? Lawrence Klaus was the final keynote speaker. 50 Questions To Promote Metacognition In Students. 50 Questions To Help Students Think About What They Think by Lisa Chesser Using the right questions creates powerful, sometimes multiple answers and discussions.

Aristotle said that he asked questions in response to other people’s views, while Socrates focused on disciplined questioning to get to the truth of the matter. Ultimately questions spark imagination, conjure emotions, and create more questions. The questions asked by a teacher or professor are sometimes more glaringly valuable than the information transferred to the students.

Those questions spark a thought, which leads to a fiercely independent search for information. If students are the ones gathering that information then they’re the ones learning it and student-driven learning cements lessons into the students’ mind making any lesson more powerful with this strategy. The questions are unrestricted and open the mind up to unfettered thought, perfect for innovation and understanding. Logical Questions Reflection & Collaboration. Why Inquiry Learning is Worth the Trouble. Visualization of SLA principal Chris Lehmann's 2011 talk: guiding kids' to thinking about how they think. Nearly seven years after first opening its doors, the Science Leadership Academy public magnet high school* in Philadelphia and its inquiry-based approach to learning have become a national model for the kinds of reforms educators strive towards. But in a talk this past weekend at EduCon 2.5, the school’s sixth-annual conference devoted to sharing its story and spreading its techniques, Founding Principal Chris Lehmann insisted that replicating his schools approach required difficult tradeoffs.

“This is not easy. This is not perfect,” Lehmann told a crowd of devotees stuffed inside one of the Center City school’s second-floor science classrooms on Sunday. “There are really challenging pieces of this, and we should be OK with this.” “Inquiry means living in the soup. “To me it comes down to process,” Lehmann said. “Oh God, yeah,” Lehmann said in response to the latter teacher. Related. The Challenges and Realities of Inquiry-Based Learning. Inquiry Learning Teaching Strategies Getty By Thom Markham Teachers in a rural southeast Michigan high school were recently discussing the odd behavior of the senior class. It seems the 12th graders were acting more civilly toward the junior class in the hallways. The teachers’ explanation: Project-based learning. Here’s the back story. Stories like this are about to become more important to educators.

This is a steep challenge because it forces education to cross a philosophic divide. Standardizing Valuable Skills To put a new system in place, a first key step is to disseminate and train every teacher on a clear set of performance standards to assess skills required for effective inquiry, such as communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity. The challenge: Right now, a standards-based environment forces teachers to straddle the inquiry process.

Assessing Collaborative Learning The iconic model of the individual scholar has been replaced by team-based inquiry. Related. Wall of Films! | Over 500 Social Change Documentaries on 1 Page. Just imagine what could become possible if an entire city had seen just one of the documentaries above.

Just imagine what would be possible if everyone in the country was aware of how unhealthy the mainstream media was for our future and started turning to independent sources in droves. Creating a better world really does start with an informed citizenry, and there's lots of subject matter to cover. From all the documentaries above, it's evident that our society needs a new story to belong to. The old story of empire and dominion over the earth has to be looked at in the full light of day - all of our ambient cultural stories and values that we take for granted and which remain invisible must become visible. But most of all, we need to see the promise of the alternatives - we need to be able to imagine new exciting ways that people could live, better than anything that the old paradigm could ever dream of providing.

So take this library of films and use it. Question Everything. Inquiry: To What End? This was originally supposed to be a simple reply to Aviva Dunsiger’s blog post. I soon realized it would have been too short and thus I could have been easily misunderstood. It all started with my question: “How do these projects enable deeper thinking?”

, question that I asked after seeing her students’ work. Briefly the sequence of activities was the following: 1. Students brainstormed questions to guide their research on natural phenomena. 2. In groups of 2-3 they would write a poem using onomatopoeia and personification in the context of their natural phenomenon. 3. When some project-based engagements *do* have a set of questions (formulated either by the teacher or by the students) another element undermines them – the insistent focus on the outcome: The original question “drives” a process that is directed toward the production of a concrete artifact—a report, a performance, a model, a letter to the city council, or whatever.

So what do I mean by “thinking deeply” about a topic? Kath Murdoch: Readings & Presentations. Curious Homework: An Inquiry Project for Students and Parents. Making Sense of INQUIRY CYCLES - ProDivas! Inquiry Approach | Student Voice. Short. How To Understand Anything Using The Inquiry Process. Critical Thinking Model 1. Inquire within… What teachers say about being inquirers. | Justwondering. How do inquiry teachers….teach? | Justwondering. Time2Wonder. Inquiry Project – Planning & Reflection | We Inspire Futures. Organizing for Inquiry Learning!

Our Guiding Principles. How Can Dogs Hear Things We Can’t? | Wonderopolis. A Math Inquiry With Attitude. Assessment for inquiry - Inquiry maths. Inquiry: To What End? | A Teacher's Wonderings. The Inquiry Process, Step By Step. Steps inquiry - Inquiry maths. Concept driven inquiry learning | SharingPYP blog. A Math Inquiry With Attitude. KB Principles | Knowledge Building. Inquiry-Based Learning Using Everyday Objects: Hands-On Instructional ... - Amy Edmonds Alvarado, Patricia R. Herr.

Supplementary Workbook - 3S, Inquiry in the PYP - Babin & Rhoads.pdf. PYP Programmes of Inquiry - Resourcing the PYP, MYP, & DP. - Inquiry Based Learning – A TedxOntario Theme. 36 Core Teacher Apps For Inquiry Learning With iPads. Harvard Education Letter. Inquire Within | It's not about getting the right answers but rather, asking really good questions. PYP | Inquiring Minds. PYP Programmes of Inquiry - Resourcing the PYP, MYP, & DP. Units of Inquiry :: PYP :: Pogrammes :: Mercedes Benz International School. Programme of Inquiry: Sharing the Planet — Smith Magnet Elementary School. Programme of Inquiry: Who We Are — Smith Magnet Elementary School. PYPLIBRARY - Inquirer. Do You have the Personality To Be an Inquiry-Based Teacher? Web tools to support inquiry based learning | Eduwebinar.

Web tools to support inquiry based learning | Eduwebinar. How to use technology to increase student engagement in your class. PYP | Inquiring Minds. Web tools to support inquiry based learning | Eduwebinar. Institute for Inquiry: Workshops. The Inquiry Diary – the power of collaborative documentation | Justwondering. El2-60-primer. Links for Units of Inquiry in PYP. Web tools to support inquiry based learning | Eduwebinar. 36 Core Teacher Apps For Inquiry Learning With iPads. Powerful Learning: Studies Show Deep Understanding Derives from Collaborative Methods. Sample units of inquiry. The Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. How do inquiry teachers….teach? | Justwondering. Supplementary+Workbook+-+3S,+Inquiry+in+the+PYP+-+Babin+%26+Rhoads. Inquiry-based Learning and the Web: An epaper.

Inquiry-based Learning: Explanation.