How Gallagher and Ascher’s Divergent Questions can ensure students are thinking rather than merely remembering.

# Questions

## Reader Question: Analog Clocks

A reader wrote in, asking how to differentiate for a task like reading analog clocks. What to do with a student who has mastered this skill?

## Creating Research Questions

Last time I showed how to use the Wikipedia Wormhole to find interesting topics for research. Now we’ll look at how to form interesting questions to investigate those topics.

## Better Questions: Wait Time

Asking good questions is one thing, but do we give students the space to formulate a good response? Let’s talk about wait time.

## Better Questions: Measuring Questions and Statements

Continuing the series on questions, we’ll take a look at a simple tool for analyzing your own questioning patterns.

## Better Questions: 4 Types of Questions

We continue the series on questioning by looking at four types of questions: memory, convergent, evaluative, and divergent.

## Better Questions: Who Asks Whom?

Asking questions is *such* a basic tool of teaching, yet how many of us have ever been taught to ask good questions? In this opening to a series about questioning, we’ll explore how to get students asking each other questions.

## Inspiration From Socrates

As my students learn about Socrates, countless avenues of discussion open up. Time does not permit a deep enough study, so here are three raw ideas inspired by Socrates: taking a stand, the truth of history, and the power of questions. Have fun!

## Ask Creative Questions

Is this the message I want to give to my gifted students? “Follow the directions?” This is a room full of students who are creative, flexible, divergent thinkers. These are the future Noble Laureates, inventors, and revolutionaries. Let’s allow them (or better yet: force them) to exercise their creative muscles.

## Transforming Textbook Questions

Here’s a “critical thinking” question from the Houghton Mifflin selection “Beneath The Royal Palms:” “Why did Alma’s family decide to make nativity figurines?” To me this is asking for low level thinking, certainly not what I would consider “critical.” Now, let’s transform this into a beautiful and rigorous question suitable for your gifted kids.