Higher Order Questioning

Learn 2 Inspire

Content Objectives:

Educators will understand and apply quality questioning to improve critical thinking in all classrooms.

Language Objectives:

Educators will read, write and discuss the components of quality questions, using graphic organizers and technology.
Rubik's Cube A question, waiting to be answered

Imagine a classroom in which questioning is motivating, promoting, and supporting student learning. What would you see, hear, and feel in such a classroom? What would the teacher be doing? What would the students be doing?


  • In a classroom where questioning is valued, students are . . .
  • In a classroom where questioning is valued, the teacher is . . .
  • In a classroom that supports student learning, I would see/hear/feel . .

Four Corners Synectics

Take a fresh look at something known

Connect new knowledge with what is already known


syn·ec·tics [si-nek-tiks]

the study of creative processes, especially as applied to the solution of problems by a group of diverse individuals


Effective classroom questioning is like _________ because...

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What is Quality Questioning?

Read what it means to frame questions. Using the stems provided, respond to the questions at your table. Be prepared to share with the whole group.


Each pair will share out with Today’s Meet by posting 3 words to summarize your thoughts on quality questions.


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Types & Functions of Questions


Which type of question you haven’t used, but you can commit to using in the upcoming school year. Make your commitment on Today's Meet.


Resources for questioning - Costa's & Bloom's.

Using Formative Feedback

What is the relationship between quality questioning and formative assessment & feedback?


How effective is this feedback?

Characteristics of Effective and Ineffective Feedback

More with Formative Assessment

After reading Using Formative Feedback, use the stems to respond to the questions with your elbow partner. Be prepared to share with the group.


Planning for Feedback

Write 2 to 3 questions for your content area (each one should be a different type).

Choose 2 follow up questions that might be used to act on student feedback.

Follow-up Questions Handout


Instructional Strategy: Inside/Outside Circle

Nurture a Culture of Thinking

Is this familiar?

"Anyone, anyone" teacher from Ferris Bueller's Day Off
What exactly is Wait Time?

Promote Response-Ability


Asking Open-ended Questions and Using Wait-time—Overview


Class response systems are key to creating a classroom where children are encouraged and motivated to think deeply and ask questions.

Wrapping It All Up

Summarize your learning from this session in one sentence. Post your response in Today's Meet.


How are you going to monitor your questioning this year?

Send yourself (and your accountability partner) an electronic copy of your ideas.

Resources Used for This Training

Audra Rowell, Gifted/Advanced Academics Coordinator