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Open ended questions

  1. 1. What? How? Why? Make it your Own! Open-ended questions have the potential to expand conversations and develop thinking skills because they can be answered in many ways; there is no one right answer. Because of the range of possible answers, open-ended questions work best with students who have verbal skills. Teachers can create opportunities to build oral language and deepen knowledge through everyday conversations. One of the most effective strategies for promoting oral language is to engage students in extended, interactive, and informative conversations. These rich conversations often begin with a well-formed open-ended question. The ‘Open-ended question starters’ easy guide provides some examples of different ways to ask open-ended questions. Starters instead of complete questions are provided because knowledge about student interests will allow teachers to individually tailor engaging questions. Listening and talking are the basis of relationship forming interactions. Speaking and listening skills learned in the preschool years are essential to future reading and writing achievement and school success. In addition, thought-provoking, clear and engaging open-ended questions can develop children’s thinking skills. For example, well-formed open ended questions can challenge students to, make predictions, consider consequences, compare and contrast, problem solve, and evaluate. For teachers As a teacher, use your unique understanding of your student’s interests to form the most successful open-ended questions. Also, if you are working with a student whose language is limited, asking open-ended questions may not be the most effective communication strategy. This is because verbal skills are needed to respond to open-ended questions. Instead, begin with strategies like self and parallel talk, repetition and extension, and asking closed ended questions. Once the student’s skills have expanded, start to introduce open-ended questions based on student interests in familiar settings. Oral Language Communication Toolkit Open-ended question starters www.simplifiedstrategies.org
  2. 2. Whatcanyoudonexttime? Howdoyouknow? Evaluate Whatdoesitremindyouof? Howisthisdifferentfrom...? Compare/Contrast Predict Whatdoyouthinkwillhappennext? Whatdoyouthinkwillhappenif...? Strategies Problem solve Canyouthinkofanotherway? Whatcanyoudoinstead? SimplifiedStrategies OralLanguage Open-endedquestionstarters ? SimplifiedStrategies,LLC-www.simplifiedstrategies.org

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