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Questioning in classroom

Discussion in 'Trainee and student teachers' started by megan_see02, Oct 16, 2018.

  1. megan_see02

    megan_see02 New commenter

    Hi, my mentor says that I need to develop more open style questioning, but I am really struggling to do it. For example, today I am starting the lesson by asking the students to recall what they read last week, and what happened in the book etc. My mentor says the questioning during this recall needs to be open and stretch high achievers, but I'm not too sure what sort of questions to ask. Please could someone advise me with what sorts of questions would be appropriate? Thank you!
  2. rustyfeathers

    rustyfeathers Occasional commenter

    Try searching for a question matrix - they can be very useful!
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  3. megan_see02

    megan_see02 New commenter

    Thank you!
  4. welshwizard

    welshwizard Established commenter Forum guide

    Closed questions lead to a yes/no response- open questions require a more comprehensive answer. Are you feeling alright is closed-tell me about how you are feeling is open.
    Good luck with getting them to remember what they read last week! They are likely to need prompting and reminders.
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  5. A_Million_Posts

    A_Million_Posts Star commenter

    Think about higher order questions. Move from what happened to why a character behaved in a certain way or what could they have done differently. Ask what they liked or disliked about the ending of their books and what could have turned out differently. Did the characters learn anything from their experiences? Did the reader learn anything from the book?
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  6. saluki

    saluki Lead commenter

    Who. What? Where? Why? How? When?
    Pose, pause, pounce - bounce. Students to give reasons for their answer and why they agree or disagree with previous answers.
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  7. sir2006

    sir2006 New commenter

  8. pepper5

    pepper5 Star commenter

    Thanks for the link sir 2006. Very useful.
  9. minnie me

    minnie me Star commenter

    Hi - happy to send you my training material - all very accessible ( theory but mostly practical suggestions ) and an article of mine . Have devoted whole ITT sessions to Questioning ! Out of the county til 25 Oct but will pm you and send the stuff then.
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  10. pepper5

    pepper5 Star commenter

    Could I have a copy as well Minnie me? Thank you.
  11. minnie me

    minnie me Star commenter

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  12. pepper5

    pepper5 Star commenter


    Thank you!
  13. -EqualityStreet-

    -EqualityStreet- New commenter

    Hi @minnie me, could i also get a copy of your training material and article? Thanks!
  14. minnie me

    minnie me Star commenter

    Just picked this up. Sure . Need contact e mail add. Cheers
  15. -EqualityStreet-

    -EqualityStreet- New commenter

  16. minnie me

    minnie me Star commenter

    Ok - shall get to you when @ my desk

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