Week of April 20, 2015
One of the items we discussed with the guiding coalition last week is the need to plan good quality and rigorous questions? Why are questions so important? When you ask questions in the classroom, you are modeling a process that students can and should use themselves. Effective questioning sessions in the classroom require advance preparation. While you might consider yourself skilled in spontaneous questioning, many find that such questions have phrasing problems, are not organized in a logical sequence, or do not require students to use the desired thinking skills.The following contains some steps for planning effective questions.
- Decide on your goal or purpose for asking questions. Your goal should help you determine what levels of questions you will ask.
- Select the content for questioning. Choose material which you consider important rather than trivial. Students will study and learn based on the questions you ask. Do not mislead them by emphasizing less important material.
- Phrase your questions carefully.
- When planning your questions try to anticipate possible student responses.
- Until you are quite skilled at classroom questioning you should write your main questions in advance. Arrange your list in some logical sequence (specific to general, lower level to higher level, a sequence related to content). Should you think of additional or better questions during the questioning process, you can be flexible and add those or substitute them for some of your planned questions. However, having a prepared list of questions will help to assure that you ask questions appropriate for your goals and representative of the important material.
(Found from an excerpt from the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning. )
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