Effective Questioning Strategies

"How Do I Get My Students to Say What I Want Them to Say?"

Teaching is Hard!

We've all had those lessons; the ones we have worked so hard to prepare and are excited about and when it comes time to execute------CRICKETS!!!! It can feel impossible to get your students to open up at times and on the flip side it can feel impossible to get them to "Say what you want them to say!" How do you really know if they understand, and how do you tap into those students who never share?

This week's BTNT lesson focuses on Effective Questioning Strategies. Below you will take a virtual field trip into the classrooms of two of our teachers here at MHS to gain a deeper understanding of just "how" you get those kids to open up.

Mr. Smith: A lesson in "What you Love"

Tim Smith: Virtual Fieldtrip to Sports and Literature

Engagement and Connection

  • In what ways did you observe Mr. Smith engaging his students, getting them to open up, and how did he tie it back to the content?

  • What strategies of Mr. Smith's could you see yourself implementing into your own classroom?

Lisa Valentine: "You're in the Neighborhood--Just Not at the Right House Yet!"

Lisa Valentine: Virtual Fieldtrip to American History

Combining Literacy Strategies and Effective Questioning

  • What literacy strategies did you see Ms. Valentine using to foster an environment for increased student participation?
  • How did she reaffirm students who may not have gotten it "just yet?"

Let's Switch Questioning Around

Sometimes the most effective style of questioning is to switch up your style of questioning. Check out the article below on switching up your questioning to learn best practices for doing do.


Take a look at the document on Revised Bloom's Taxonomy to explore examples of question stems related to the different levels of Bloom's. Sometimes it a matter of switching up your style to open up students' responses.

Check this out for Additional Resources on Questioning!

Click on the link below to an additional Smore with more questioning strategies as well as video clips from MHS.