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Using Questioning in Classrooms

Here are specific ways you can develop questioning strategies among your students. Additionally, there is a brief discussion about the kind of classroom that would be most amenable to assisting students with questioning and self questioning. Finally, question strategies for reading are also explored.

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The most important part of help students learn to ask good questions is providing a classroom environment in which they feel safe to ask questions. The old adage that there are "no stupid questions" needs to be evident in the classroom. One way I create this environment is by allowing sufficient wait time after I ask a question to allow students to think about responses. A lot of teachers will ask questions and then only wait 2 to 3 seconds before they call on a student or end up answering the question themselves. Another way to create this environment is to validate everything students so. I always thank students for their questions and commend them for asking or answering question in class. Students who are praised appropriately for asking/answering questions will develop a confidence and will be willing to risk asking/answering questions in the future.

I also directly teach my students the 4 types of questions that exist when they are reading. They consist of: Right There Questions - Answer ...

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There are several key concepts every teacher needs to master in order to guide her students through effective questioning techniques. This article lists those key concepts and has additional PowerPoints that can be used in the classroom to teach students these techniques.