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


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:


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;


  • 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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