Quality Education in the Benedictine Tradition
Dr. Richard G. WatsonSciencewisePhone: 724-771-4149 Fax: 724-805-2024
Good questioning skills may be the world’s most unsung talent. Ask the right questions in the right way, and you will engage people; do it differently, and you will put them off.
For any inquiry based learning program there is no more important talent than understanding the art of the questioning. By asking the correct question you will not only get children more actively involved, but it will help them learn this important skill.
In a constructivist classroom, teachers pose questions to assess children’s understanding, and points of view. Reasons to ask:
What are the different types of teacher questioning techniques?
This pattern shows the direction of communication from teacher to student and back to the teacher again. This type of questioning limits the interaction to just two participants.
The students must not only listen to their peers, but also analyze and react to previous comments. The teacher is not the conduit in redirecting.
“In a classroom atmosphere conducive to good questions and questioning, students realize a shared responsibility for their learning.” -Francis Hunkins
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