If you want to make a massive change in the culture of your classroom, move from teachers asking students all of the questions to students asking *each other* questions!

# Differentiation TechniqueAsk Better Questions

## Read The OverviewFour Types of Questions You Can Ask

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.

## Specific Examples of “Ask Better Questions”

## How long should we wait after asking a question?

I might ask the best questions in the world, but if I don’t give students even three seconds to think, those questions aren’t doing their job. Here’s what we know about Wait Time.

## Ask Sequences, Never One-Off Questions

Beware one-off questions. Any question that we prepare should have a natural follow-up question. And those follow-ups should push students up Bloom’s Taxonomy.

## Inquiry Training: Teach Students To Ask Better Questions

Inquiry Training is a model of instruction that looks a lot like 20 Questions. You’ll teach your students to ask more helpful questions and to avoid rushing to a hypothesis too quickly.

## Add Criteria to Improve “Evaluate” Questions

With some small changes, we can turn fluffy opinion questions into thought-provoking evaluation questions.

## 10 Techniques for Better Questions

Ten techniques I found myself using as I re-wrote old questions from my classroom.

## Evaluate with Academic Tournaments

The bracketed tournament isn’t just for college basketball. Set up a tournament to determine best president, state, element, or literary character and challenge your students to make interesting judgements.

## Depth and Complexity: ❓Unanswered Questions

By far, ❓Unanswered Questions was the prompt that I under-utilized with my own class. Now I see it in a whole new light, and boy is there immense power in prompting students to note and explore *truly* unanswered questions.

## Fluency: Asking For (Way) More Than One Answer

Being able to generate many possible answers is key to high-level thinking. So why don’t we ask students to do it more often?

## The Resiliency Tournament

I got to work with several groups of students (of many ages) and I tried out this task: building a tournament to decide who was the most resilient historical figure or fictional character? Kids came up with some amazing ideas.

## Divergent Questions (How To Ask ‘Em)

How to ask Divergent Questions and ensure that your students are thinking rather than merely remembering.

## Why I don’t include “Explain Why” in Questions

I used to think that adding “explain why” to the end of a question somehow made it higher-level. But now I see two problems in asking students to “explain their thinking”.

## Puzzlement Tournament

Perfect to wrap up the year: a four-round puzzlement tournament.

## Creating Better Research Questions

Once students have a topic they’d like to research, how do we help them form more interesting questions?

## Four Types of Questions You Can Ask

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.

## Introducing “Criteria” To Students

Teaching our students to identify the criteria behind a decision will make them better decision makers and help them understand others’ points of views.

## Upgrading Questions with Key Words

How adding a single “key word” can upgrade your questions to a whole new level.

## Evaluating Characters on a Graph

Here’s an idea to integrate two-dimensional graphing with deep character analysis. Use the right characters, and you’ve got an exciting debate on your hands. Plus, it leads to a beautiful product that’s perfect for Open House.

## Group Investigation: A Model Based on Curiosity

John Dewey’s Group Invesgitation is a favorite model of instruction of mine. It’s simply built on curiosity!

## 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.

## How I’d Change this Question from my Textbook

Here are a dozen ways to transform a not-so-critical-thinking question from one of my district’s textbooks.