Effective Questioning

We learn through questioning! I think the most effective teaching is based on inquiry so this article is a must read as it exposes the need for effective questioning! In college chemistry, a methodology has been developed called Process Oriented Guided Inquiry (POGIL) in which (supervised by the professor) students lead the inquiry.

Class Teaching

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Tonight’s 15 minute forum was led by PE teacher James Crane.  James started the session with a quote (source unknown) that he suggests would be familiar to most teachers – at some point in our career:

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So, it’s worth thinking about the purpose of questioning:

  • to interest, engage and challenge pupils.  This is why teaching is such a complex task – we may have up to 30 students in our class, all with different prior knowledge and motivation – but we need to think of suitable questions that will keep all of them in the struggle zone;

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  • to check on prior knowledge;
  • to stimulate recall and use of existing knowledge and experience in order to create new understanding and meaning;
  • to focus thinking on key concepts and issues;
  • to extend pupils’ thinking from the concrete and factual to the analytical and evaluative;
  • to lead pupils through a planned sequence…

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