The role of good questions 1

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Tips for techers when using questions in the classroom. What do we do when we ask??? Two useful activities to foster our students' thinking skills.

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The role of good questions 1

  1. 1. The Role of Good Questions
  2. 2. Questions… <ul><li>We find out about the world </li></ul><ul><li>Create classrooms where children learn though questions and their own curiosity </li></ul><ul><li>Most questions are closed, looking for facts demanding students to give known right answers taken from the text and thus making low level cognitive demands. </li></ul><ul><li>We, as teachers, tend to ask our students many questions to check their comprehension </li></ul>
  3. 3. Questions…. <ul><li>Good questions are those that facilitate learning, which invite students to think offering intellectual challenges to our students- demanding our students' higher order thinking skills. </li></ul><ul><li>&quot; A good question makes the mind buzz, it offers a challenge to thinking, a search for understanding&quot;. (Fisher, R. 2005) </li></ul>
  4. 4. Videos: Freeze-frame: <ul><li>Questions that focus on attention: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What can you see? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What are the colours? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What is he-she wearing? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Where is the person? Can you guess? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Questions that invite further enquiry: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What kind of personality do you think the person has? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Would you sit next to him-her on a bus? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Questions to encourage students to theorise – to give an educated guess, using evidence form the past to predict the future, reasoning from cause to effect. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What do you think they are singing about? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What do you think they might do in the video? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Why do you think they are doing this? </li></ul>
  5. 5. Newspaper articles. Things I want to know. Ask the main idea : what is it about? Question the text: why does it say…? Analyze text features : what clues have we got? Elaborate the text: what will happen next? Reasoning : what would happen if….?
  6. 6. Questions should… <ul><li>Focus attention </li></ul><ul><li>Force comparison </li></ul><ul><li>Seek clarification </li></ul><ul><li>Invite further enquiry </li></ul><ul><li>Seek reasons and explanation </li></ul>

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