Effective questioning

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Effective questioning

  1. 1. Effective Questioning <ul><li>What is effective questioning? </li></ul><ul><li>How might it improve my practice? </li></ul>By CThompson
  2. 2. Teaching by Asking Instead of by Telling <ul><li>Asking questions to drive a lesson is an old and established teaching method </li></ul><ul><li>It is more commonly known as the ‘Socratic Method’ - Teaching by Asking Instead of by Telling </li></ul><ul><li>This method uses questioning to drive the dynamics of a lesson </li></ul>By C Thompson
  3. 3. Effective questioning is there to: <ul><li>to stimulate thinking </li></ul><ul><li>assess student progress </li></ul><ul><li>check on teacher clarity </li></ul><ul><li>motivate students to pay attention </li></ul><ul><li>maintain classroom control </li></ul><ul><li>provide repetition </li></ul><ul><li>emphasize key points </li></ul>By C Thompson
  4. 4. Questioning Skills- presenting questions <ul><li>For this the teacher needs to: </li></ul><ul><li>Recognise what they want students to discover from the question asked </li></ul><ul><li>State the question to everyone and not someone in particular </li></ul><ul><li>After the question has been asked in general then and only then specifying someone </li></ul>By C Thompson
  5. 5. Questioning Skills- probing questions <ul><li>If a student doesn’t know the full answer ‘tease-out’- probe until you uncover what they do know – this is rewarding for everyone </li></ul><ul><li>It also allows for the question to be broken down by the students – this is effective analysis </li></ul><ul><li>Probing necessitates patience on the part of the teacher and student. But it facilitates thinking and analysis </li></ul>By C Thompson
  6. 6. Questioning Skills- shifting interaction <ul><li>Shifting interaction is where after the initial question has been asked the teacher allows the students to interact between each other </li></ul><ul><li>So if after probing a student knowledge runs dry, reward the student then encourage another student to answer the question </li></ul><ul><li>Such a process might facilitate students coming back to the teacher with a question! </li></ul>By C Thompson
  7. 7. Conclusions <ul><li>Questioning is a means of getting feedback to evaluate student progress </li></ul><ul><li>It increases student learning </li></ul><ul><li>It is a way to force students to think during class </li></ul><ul><li>It increases the opportunity for whole class interaction </li></ul><ul><li>By Teaching by Asking Instead of by Telling </li></ul>By C Thompson

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