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The use of effective questions in the teaching process.

Why is it important for teachers to ask questions, check for student understanding of concepts, and ask follow-up questions?

Discuss the importance of an encouraging atmosphere for students, where they can ask questions and share opinions with each other.

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Why is it important for teachers to ask questions, check for student understanding of concepts, and ask follow-up questions?

Socratic questioning and other questioning methods are great ways to discover how much students know. Rather than asking questions with just one right answer such as "What is the capital of the United States?", teachers could ask students why the capital is located in Washington DC and not in the center of the country. Rather than asking if car pollution is bad for the environment teachers should ask how auto emissions specifically make the environment worse. Word problems in math are a good example of probing for learner understanding. Given a math problem most students can complete it. However if simply asked a question with math facts embedded, more students have a harder time figuring out the answer. This illustrates a gap in student understanding.

Providing effective feedback and doing corrective teaching is the goal of using probing questions to illuminate areas of student weakness and lack of comprehension. ...

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This solutions examines how teachers can use questioning effectively and purposefully in the educational process. Over 700 words of original text from the perspective and life experience of a professional teacher with 15 years of experience.

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