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  • Assessment for Learning: Strategic questioning This professional development module is one of five to be found on the Assessment for Learning website: There are two parts to the module: a datashow presentation, which should come first a workshop. In this module we will explore questioning as an assessment for learning strategy: that is, the use of questions as a tool to provide teachers with information about their students’ knowledge and skills in order to assist planning for future teaching and learning. The module will focus on: the role of questioning in assessment for learning the benefits of questioning to students the qualities of strategic questioning Bloom’s taxonomy as a questioning tool additional questioning strategies. (It is anticipated that the datashow presentation will take between 50 and 60 minutes.)

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  • ASSESSMENT FOR LEARNING Strategic Questioning
  • Questioning and assessment for learning
    • Effective questioning enables:
    • identification of student knowledge and abilities
    • selection of the most effective teaching strategies
    • correction of misunderstandings, identification of gaps and opportunities for extension
  • How does strategic questioning benefit students?
    • Questioning impacts upon students’
    • thinking
    • behaviour
    • values.
  • Impact on thinking
    • Strategic questioning gives students the opportunity to:
    • recall knowledge
    • deepen their understanding
    • develop new ideas
    • reflect upon their learning.
  • Impact of questioning on behaviour
    • Questioning encourages students to:
    • listen actively
    • speak
    • take turns
    • be actively involved with learning.
  • Impact of questioning on values
    • Questioning promotes:
    • sharing
    • respect for the views of others
    • tolerance
    • learning as an active communal process.
  • Strategic questioning (1)
    • Has a clear purpose
    • Considers the cognitive development of the individual to whom the question is addressed
    • Phrases questions clearly
    • Allows for a genuine response
  • Strategic questioning (2)
    • Distribution of questions
    • Allowance for thinking time
    • Posing one question at a time
    • Using prompt questions
    • Fewer and better questions
  • Strategic questioning (3)
    • Respond positively
    • Use students’ responses, even wrong ones to: - re-phrase your question - request clarification - request specific examples - request rephrasing
    • Encourage students to ask questions
  • Examples of questioning tools
    • Bloom’s taxonomy
    • Knowledge
    • Comprehension
    • Application
    • Analysis
    • Synthesis
    • Evaluation
  • Bloom’s as a questioning tool
    • The framing of questions that pose different cognitive demands:
    • Knowledge and Comprehension are assessed using closed questions.
    • Application, Analysis, Synthesis and Evaluation are assessed using open questions.
  • Knowledge questions
    • Who…?
    • What …?
    • When …?
    • Name …
  • Comprehension questions
    • Why …?
    • What …?
    • Explain …
  • Application questions
    • Where will most of the world’s megacities be located in 2030?
    • How would you improve the safety of Glen Park Primary playground?
    • Using six matches, construct four equilateral triangles. All triangles must have side lengths of one match.
  • Analysis questions
    • What factors contributed to European exploration in the 15th century?
    • Why does Macbeth order the murders of Banquo and Fleance?
    • What can we conclude about the way sharks behave when threatened?
  • Synthesis questions
    • What improvements would you make to this experiment in order to obtain more accurate results?
    • How would you promote recycling at school?
    • Develop the idea that we should pay for the use of beaches.
  • Evaluation questions
    • Can this document be considered a reliable historical resource?
    • Are computer games dangerous for children?
    • Do you think this was an effective speech?
  • Other questioning tools
    • De Bono’s Six Thinking Hats
    • Wiederhold’s Question Matrix
    • Thinker’s Keys