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Questioning Presentation

Staff Development

Jaci Howard

on 16 December 2013

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The Importance of Higher Order Questioning
Have You Asked A Good Question Today?
by Jaci Howard
Today's Goals:

To develop self-awareness and analysis of questioning techniques
To identify elements of good questioning
To enhance the planning for and use of questions

Benefits of Asking Higher Level
Good questions create excitement in the learning process.
Good questions require students to apply, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate information instead of recalling facts.
Good questions expand students' thinking and knowledge through complexity.
Good questions are the best way to assess learning.
Questioning strategies are essential in critical, creative, and higher level thinking skills. (Shaunessy, 2005)

When teachers regularly model questioning strategies and expect student questions, students learn to formulate questions that will improve their learning. (Fischer, 2007)
"While questions which elicit lower level thinking are an important part of teaching, they are useless unless they build toward questions which develop higher order thinking skills."
Benjamin Bloom
Questioning Techniques

Use open-ended questions rather than "right answer" questions.
Provide problems that are unsolved.
Ask students to test and challenge answers.
Present questions that have no single answers.
Encourage students to complete, clarify, expand, or support answers.
Use wait time after asking a question.
Require students to generate questions of their own.
2 Steps to Asking Smart Questions
1. You must understand the question-asking process..

2. You must know what kind of question to ask and how to ask it.
Where Do We Start?


Essential Question:

How do we use questions to guide instruction and challenge our students?

Questioning Levels
Low Level Thinking
High Level Thinking
Low Level
High Level
What are all the ways...?
What if...?
How is ___ different from ___?
What is your point of view about ___?
How come....?
How do you feel about...?
5 Types of Active Questions

Quantity Questions - Brainstorming or Listing questions
Compare/Contrast Questions - Concrete or Forced association
Feelings/Opinions/Point of View/Personification Questions - Powerful teaching tool while being fun and challenging
What if...? Or What would happen if...? Questions- Let go of rigid patterns
How come...? Questions - best example of the philosophy that questions are more important than answers
(See booklet)

Questioning Extras
Question Dice
Trading Cards
Question Games
Why We Must Use Higher Level Questioning Techniques
To interest, engage, and challenge
To check on prior knowledge
To create new understanding
To focus thinking on key concepts and issues
To extend students' thinking from the concrete and factual to the analytical and evaluative
To lead students through planned sequence which progressively establishes key understandings
To promote reasoning, problem-solving, evaluation, and the formation of hypotheses
To promote pupils' thinking about the way the have learned (metacognition)

Dear Algebra,
Please stop asking us to find your x. She's never coming back, and don't ask y.
Thank you for your attention!
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