Math Empowers 5

Middletown Township Public Schools

Fifth Grade • 4th Quarter • 2016-2017

Questioning Techniques to Assess Student Understanding

Research has shown that questions requiring students to think meaningfully are not asked enough; most questions asked of students simply require the recall of facts. It is important for teachers to refine questioning techniques to properly develop students' reasoning ability, which is critical under the Standards for Mathematical Practice. Stating the "correct" answer is not enough any more; the explanation to how that answer was obtained is key. So, how can teachers shift the way they question to elicit such types of answers? Try asking questions that encourage a range of responses, such as what do you notice? Give students time to think before calling for a response, which should allow their thinking to develop further. Encourage students to ask each other questions and respond to one another. Ask students to speculate. For more ideas on questioning techniques that encourage meaningful thinking, click here.

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Have any questions, comments, or brilliant ideas to share with your fellow 5th grade teachers – please email me or your building Math Specialist. “Alone we are strong...together we are stronger.”

Ashley Connors

Elementary Mathematics Specialist

Navesink Elementary School

Math Empowers - Fifth Grade Representative