Questioning

Increasing challenge and deepening learning through effective questioning

Developing questioning to enhance student learning

Increase challenge and deepen learning through the outstanding use of questions. Discover the six most effective questioning techniques, including diagnostic questioning; deep thinking questions; and challenging, facilitating, and responding questions. Also understand how questioning lies at the heart of Assessment for Learning (AfL) techniques and leads to improved student achievement and progress.

Questioning is one of the most effective tools for facilitating learning

Questioning has been one of the most effective tools for facilitating learning since at least the time of Socrates. Yet, research shows that teachers typically ask between 250 and 400 questions a day without getting close to deepening learning in the way we would expect or hope. Challenging Learning will show you to put this right.

We will show you the best questioning techniques for engaging students in critical thinking and reasoning. We will work with you to develop the essential skills needed for effective questioning, so that you learn sharp, insightful and focused methods for moving students in and out of their zone of proximal development.

We give you lots of easy-to-use ideas for the classroom and through our work together you will learn exactly how and when to intervene, when to stay silent, and when to challenge. For example:

  • Improve their skills of questioning, moving purposefully between different levels of questions
  • Develop a wide repertoire of questioning techniques
  • Learn the six approaches to Socratic questioning
  • Deepen students' learning with thoughtful and provocative questioning moves
  • Understand how questioning creates engagement, leading to better learning and deeper thinking
  • Know how to get students to ask their own questions

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