Questions are key components of all aspects of life. We use questions to gather information from the people around us. We use questions to make sense of our environment. As I am at the beginning of my new assignment as a collaborative lead teacher, I find that I have many questions…and I am worried that I may not be asking the right ones, or in the right way.
In education, there are many different kinds of questions and purposes:
I have spent years trying to improve my questioning strategies. It always intrigues me when a student comes up with an unexpected response to a question…and causes me to look again at the question itself. How did the student arrive at the unexpected interpretation? What could I do to frame the question with greater clarity?
As I start collaborating with teachers on the wide spectrum of topics they are interested in, I have discovered (and re-discovered) some questioning resources I thought I would share:
If you are considering having students come up with questions in your class, here is a blog post from MindShift that discusses why (for students) the question is more important than the answer from the book, Make Just One Change: Teach Students to Ask Their Own Questions. http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2012/10/for-students-why-the-question-is-more-important-than-the-answer/ “We’ve been underestimating how well our kids can think.” Rothstein said in a recent discussion on the talk show Forum. “We see consistently that there are three outcomes. One is that students are more engaged. Second, they take more ownership, which for teachers, this is a huge thing. And the third outcome is they learn more – we see better quality work.”
And for those of us who prefer to view rather than read, two videos on questioning:
As I start this new adventure called ‘collaborative lead teacher’ I am finding a whole new level of questions. In addition to those we work on with students, teachers have questions that guide their work, especially as we attempt to navigate curriculum re-design.
I look forward to finding the answers through working with you.
This blog and resources website has been developed through the work of various AISI coaches in PHRD. The lead collaborative teachers for the 2015/2016 school year, Cheryl Frose, Christine Quong and Tammy Tkachuk will continue to update this site. If you have resources you would like to share or would like to contribute to the blog, please contact us.
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