Strategies for Asking Questions
- 3 Most Common Misunderstandings: List the three most common misunderstandings of a given topic based on an audience of your peers.
- 3 Questions: Ask three questions about the topic, then rank them in terms of their importance/value.
- 5 Whys: After a response is given, ask the student(s) "why?" Repeat the process with subsequent answers, up to 5 times.
- Agreement/Disagreement: When a student answers a question posed to the class, ask the remaining students "Who agrees (or disagrees) with that answer." When students raise their hand in agreement (or disagreement), ask one of them "Why do you agree (or disagree)?"
- Corners: Each classroom corner represents a different answer or view on a different question or theory. When a question or topic is being discussed, each student goes to the corner that best represents his or her answer. Based on classroom discussion, students can move from corner to corner adjusting their answer or opinion.
- Dos and Don’ts: List 3 Dos and 3 Don’ts when using, applying, or relating to the content.
- Exit Slip: Question they must answer to leave class.
- Jigsaw: Each student from each group picks the question they want to answer, they find other students that picked the same question and come to consensus, and then bring the answer back to the original group.
- Think-Pair-Share: Students think about the question, share their response with another student, and then possibly share with the class. See these alternatives to think-pair-share.
- Walk and Talk: Pair or group up students and have them go on a walk while they discuss the provided questions.
- Yes/No Chart: List what you do and don’t understand about a given topic.
Additional Resources on Effective Questioning
Techniques for Increasing Student Participation
Techniques for Listening - Active Listening
It is important that your students feel heard. Use the following guidelines to improve your active listening skills or Test Your Active Listening Skills Here.
1. Pay Attention
2. Show that you are Listening
3. Provide Feedback
4. Defer Judgment & Respond Appropriately
Considerations When Choosing Questions
- Is the question necessary?
- Is the question asking more than one thing?
- Do participants have the necessary information to answer the question?
- Is the question specific enough?
- Is the question loaded or biased?
- Can the question be misunderstood?
- What assumptions does the question make?
- Will respondents answer the question truthfully?
- Is the wording too direct?
- Is a time frame specified?
Unlocking Student Thinking with Concept Keys
You can find more information on, and download, this free resource at iPhys-Ed