what is legitimate, what is authentic ,and what requires further
investigation demands the ability to ask questions. “ -Sally Godinho
We have known for a long time that asking the right question can spark deep thinking on a subject or idea. Designing powerful questions is a skill that does not come easily to many educators. I have discovered a little “Gem” of a publication, completely available on line, that may help teachers to design and ask better questions of their students, and educational leader or lead teachers to ask better reflective questions of themselves and their colleagues.
“Out of the Question”, written by Sally Godinho and Jeni Wilson, offers many starting points for guiding students to critically evaluate what they read, see, hear, and do. It includes 19 practical activities and strategies plus an assessment rubric. And you can browse the entire flipchart online:
The classroom culture needs to encourage students to be both question-askers
and question-answerers. Students were asked to write statements about their beliefs and values about what a question-friendly classroom is and is not… here are their remards:
A question-friendly classroom is a place where
- different responses to a question are encouraged
- students build on each other’s responses
- students are prepared to challenge or contest a response
- students generate questions for discussions
A question-friendly classroom is not a place where
- student responses to questions are put down
- teachers are seen as the question-askers and students as the question-answerers
- students recite a response to a question rather than discuss it
How are my skills at writing thoughtful questions which engage thinking?
How can I make your classroom more "question-friendly"?
What can I do this year to deepen student understanding?