Questioning Strategies | Center for Teaching and Learning Questions should play an important role in every classroom--both student questions and teacher questions. Teachers can create an active learning environment by encouraging students to ask and answer questions. Teacher Questions PLAN SOME QUESTIONS AS YOU PREPARE your lesson plan. Consider your instructional goals and emphasize questions that reinforce them. ASK CLEAR, SPECIFIC QUESTIONS that require more than a yes or no answer. If a student does give you a yes/no or short answer, ask a follow up question that will encourage him/her to expand, clarify, or justify the answer. USE VOCABULARY THAT STUDENTS CAN UNDERSTAND. ASK QUESTIONS IN AN EVENLY-PACED, EASILY IDENTIFIABLE ORDER. ASK QUESTIONS FROM ALL LEVELS of Bloom's Taxonomy of Educational Objectives. USE QUESTIONS TO HELP STUDENTS CONNECT IMPORTANT CONCEPTS. USE QUESTIONS TO GIVE YOU FEEDBACK on whether students have understood the material. ALLOW SUFFICIENT TIME FOR STUDENTS TO ANSWER your questions (10-15 seconds). b.
Powerful Questions with Alexandra Barose Part 1) 1/9/2012 4pm Prabha C. filled in for Alexandra - Questions for information are different than powerful questions. Powerful questions lead to greater insight, further thinking, or a change in perspective. - Must listen to a client in order to ask applicable questions. - Powerful questions delve deeper into what the client thinks. - "Can you tell me a little more..." - "The work" by Katy Byron, The four questions: 1. Is it true? - Magazine "Choice" expert series, Nov. 2010, "A proven framework for motivating change." Top 25 Coaching Questions: A proven framework for motivating change by Wendy Gordon based on feedback from Katie Ziemer The coaching questions below are designed to help you explore assessment results, find meaningful connections, and establish a plan for future coaching sessions. To best motivate behavioral change, our 25 favorite coaching questions are broken into six stages. Build Rapport 1. 2. 3. Validate Facts 4. 5. 6. 7. Uncover Development Areas 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13.
Inquiry-Questions - home Questioning Toolkit Essential Questions These are questions which touch our hearts and souls. They are central to our lives. Most important thought during our lives will center on such essential questions. What does it mean to be a good friend? If we were to draw a cluster diagram of the Questioning Toolkit, Essential Questions would be at the center of all the other types of questions. All the other questions and questioning skills serve the purpose of "casting light upon" or illuminating Essential Questions. Most Essential Questions are interdisciplinary in nature. Essential Questions probe the deepest issues confronting us . . . complex and baffling matters which elude simple answers: Life - Death - Marriage - Identity - Purpose - Betrayal - Honor - Integrity - Courage - Temptation - Faith - Leadership - Addiction - Invention - Inspiration. The greatest novels, the greatest plays, the greatest songs and the greatest paintings all explore Essential Questions in some manner. Why do we have to fight wars?
How Questions Promote Cognitive, Social, and Emotional Learning Across Subject Areas In the last blog, we took a look at the perspective of perspective of Irving Sigel on the importance of asking different kinds of questions as a way of deepening students' social, emotional, and cognitive learning. Coming from a Piaget approach, Irv felt that students needed to go from understanding the material as presented to generating their own thoughts about it. He referred to this as "distancing" -- not the clearest term, but a way of saying that questions could be sequenced toward leading to students' higher order and constructivist thinking by having them take a range of perspectives about a given reading or topic. Continuing with our example using the children's story, "Goldilocks and the Three Bears," you can see below the wide range of questions that can help children think of even a simple story in ways that promote many different kinds and levels of thinking: Low Level Distancing Medium Level Distancing High-Level Distancing There is no formula for asking questions, of course.
20 Questions To Guide Inquiry-Based Learning 20 Questions To Guide Inquiry-Based Learning Recently we took at look at the phases of inquiry-based learning through a framework, and even apps that were conducive to inquiry-based learning on the iPad. During our research for the phases framework, we stumbled across the following breakdown of the inquiry process for learning on 21stcenturyhsie.weebly.com (who offer the references that appear below the graphic). Most helpfully, it offers 20 questions that can guide student research at any stage, including: What do I want to know about this topic? How do I know I know it? These stages have some overlap with self-directed learning. References Cross, M. (1996). Kuhlthau, C., Maniotes, L., & Caspari, A. (2007).
The Importance of Asking Questions to Promote Higher-Order Competencies Irving Sigel devoted his life to the importance of asking questions. He believed, correctly, that the brain responds to questions in ways that we now describe as social, emotional, and cognitive development. Questions create the challenges that make us learn. The essence of Irv's perspective is that the way we ask questions fosters students' alternative and more complex representations of stories, events, and circumstances, and their ability to process the world in a wider range of ways, to create varying degrees of distance between themselves and the basis events in front of them, is a distinct advantage to learning. However, Irv found that schools often do not ask the range of questions children need to grow to their potential. Tell: Tell children the story by reading the text or having them read the text. Suggest: This involves providing children with choices about what might happen next or possible opinions they might have. For the story, here are some two-question rule sequences:
How to Encourage Higher Order Thinking Why Use This Tip What To Do Why Use This Tip A main goal of educators today is to teach students the skills they need to be critical thinkers. After reading a book about Martin Luther King or studying the Civil Rights era, you could choose to ask a child a simple question such as “Who is Martin Luther King, Jr.?”. back to top What To Do Families and out-of-school educators can play a significant role in encouraging higher order thinking with their kids and teens, even when having a casual conversation. Below are more examples of questions to ask your child to spark discussion, make them think critically, and encourage higher order thinking. When reading a book: “What do you think might happen next?” When visiting an unfamiliar place: “How is __________ similar to/different from __________?” When making an important decision: “How would you rank __________?” Try asking children and teens these questions at home and in a variety of educational and non-educational settings.