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
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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”
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.
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 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.
With some small changes, we can turn fluffy opinion questions into thought-provoking evaluation questions.
Ten techniques I found myself using as I re-wrote old questions from my classroom.
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.
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.
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?
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.
How to ask Divergent Questions and ensure that your students are thinking rather than merely remembering.
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”.
Perfect to wrap up the year: a four-round puzzlement tournament.
Once students have a topic they’d like to research, how do we help them form more interesting questions?
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.
Teaching our students to identify the criteria behind a decision will make them better decision makers and help them understand others’ points of views.
How adding a single “key word” can upgrade your questions to a whole new level.
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.
John Dewey’s Group Invesgitation is a favorite model of instruction of mine. It’s simply built on curiosity!
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.
Here are a dozen ways to transform a not-so-critical-thinking question from one of my district’s textbooks.