Digital Questioning Strategies

options for making questioning more intentional

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Questioning

WHAT?

Engaging all students in the discussion and activity of a classroom requires intentional questioning of every student in the class. Making sure that every student is called on and is involved in the problem-solving can be done digitally with a number of clever tools that students appreciate.


WHY?

Intentional questioning makes every student accountable for the learning that day and doesn't let any student "off the hook" for learning. It can be very easy for teachers to call on those students who always know the answers and to call on them to avoid long wait times for slower-processing kids. Establishing a classroom routine of intentional, random student selecting can help teachers ensure that every student is strongly encouraged to engage in the lesson.

HOW?

Will there be exceptions to the routine? Certainly. Students have IEPS and other considerations, and teachers know their kids, so making the routine flexible and utilizing scaffolded questioning strategies will be important to including all students in the daily classroom discussion interactions. Kagan structures are also very helpful to providing smaller group questioning opportunities.


The bottom line is that intentional questioning strategies need to be practiced in all classrooms to create an environment of high expectations and "mandatory" engagement that will help students understand the objectives and interact with the concepts. High-level questions, tied to the objectives, and delivered by flexible and focused teachers will increase student success.

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Apps and Sites for Random Selection of Students for Questioning

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Resources for Questioning Strategies

Click here for Kagan Questioning Strategies PDF.

Dana Berg shares a pdf of Kagan Questioning Strategies.

Click here for PDF of Accountable Talk Tool-kit

resources from another district to foster academic discussions with scaffolds for questions and responses in student groups

Encouraging Better Questions FROM Students

Click here for PDF of question stems.

Question stems for teachers or students based on Blooms

Math-Specific Questioning Strategies