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  1. 1. Jan Watts<br />The Importance of Questioning<br />
  2. 2. What is Important About Questioning?<br />Students understanding of what a question is<br />There are different stages of questioning<br />Which questions matter?<br />What is a good question?<br />Teaching students the difference between statements and questions<br />
  3. 3. Our Class Environment…<br />Will be –<br />Hands on<br />Encourages how, why and what<br />Models effective questioning<br />A place where students can take on a ‘teacher role’ – giving feedback, questioning etc<br />A selection of thoughts from each group of teachers.<br />
  4. 4. Lots of oral language opportunities<br />Supportive & builds trust<br />A place that it is safe to take risks<br />Okay to be wrong<br />A place of ownership of their questioning<br />A selection of thoughts from each group of teachers<br />
  5. 5. Teacher’s Do…<br />Relationship building, trust and team building<br />Simple question – why do we come to school?<br />Teacher’s responses to questions, we need to value all questions & not brush off<br />Show that we are all learners too<br />Challenging & engaging environment<br />Wonderwalls<br />A selection of thoughts from each group of teachers<br />
  6. 6. Teacher’s Do… (Continued)<br />Discovery table<br />Deliberate acts of teaching questioning<br />Lots of games<br />Pacing lessons<br />Using ‘chatterbox’ to ask questions<br />Statements versus questions<br />Scaffolding children to move from statements to questions<br />A selection of thoughts from each group of teachers<br />
  7. 7. Roll the Dice and Take Your Chances…<br /> Jan threw a dice around the class to stimulate questioning, each side was labelled with –<br />Who<br />Where<br />Why <br />When<br />What<br />
  8. 8. Jan Suggests …<br />Using as a pile of cards <br />Sit in a circle or in small groups<br />Use with a black and white photo or<br />The digital photos the children are taking<br />
  9. 9. Two Dice are Better Than one…<br /> Adding a secondary dice (or pile of cards) can add more depth and thought to the questioning process. This dice would look like – <br />Is/was<br />Are/were<br />Do/did<br />Can/could<br />Would/might<br />
  10. 10. What is Appropriate & Relevant?<br /> Closed Questions –<br />Useful at the beginning of the a study<br />Useful for gathering facts<br />For classifying<br />Checking<br />Moving on to further questioning<br />
  11. 11. Suggestions for Closed Questions<br />Play games such as – <br />20 questions<br />Headbands (name or subject on the person’s head or back and they have to ask questions to find out who they are)<br />
  12. 12. Open Questions – What do They Look Like?<br /> They – <br />Justify<br />Analyse<br /> They prompt with –<br />What if…<br />What could we do…<br />
  13. 13. Fat or Skinny?<br /> Both closed and open questions can be fat or skinny. <br /> Skinny questions do not require a lot of thought. They can be both open and closed. We use them to – <br />gather information<br />Find out <br />Describe <br />Classify<br />See Jan's handout for more depth<br />
  14. 14. Fat Questions<br /> Require some complexity of thought & tend to require some interpretation.<br /> Fat questions can be both closed & open.<br /> Closed: <br />Interpreting facts<br />Giving opinions <br />Evaluation/justification<br />See Jan's handout for more depth<br />
  15. 15. Fat Questions continued…<br /> Open Questions require complex thinking & have no limit on the possibilities.<br /> May be used for:<br />Interpreting facts<br />Giving opinions<br />Evaluation/justification<br />Prediction<br />Possibilities<br />originality<br />See Jan's handout for more depth<br />
  16. 16. Check This Out…<br /> A great site to check out between the hours of 1-5pm is anyquestions.co.nzThis is run by librarians and can be a great source of research, information and learning. <br />
  17. 17. A Final Message…<br />Questioning is up to us – it demands deliberate acts of teaching<br />Practice questioning every single day – across all curriculum areas<br />Refer to the 6 stages of questioning (in Jan’s handout)<br />