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There is an art to asking good questions. So how can teachers enhance their questioning skills to engage students, assess student understanding, and challenge students to go deeper into content? This issue of ASCD Express offers strategies and techniques for asking questions that stimulate critical thinking and allow students to demonstrate what they know.
Using Questioning Strategies to Stimulate Student Learning
Elementary school teachers can use the "right there," "look deep," and "I wonder" questioning strategies to guide students in higher-order thinking. more
The Curious Classroom: Answers About Questions
Carefully crafted questions can facilitate teaching and learning. Educational consultant Catherine Rubin looks at ways to incorporate both teacher- and student-generated questions into the learning process. more
Thinking About Questions
Authors Cynthia T. Richetti and Benjamin B. Tregoe advocate for using problem-solving questions to teach students to think critically. more
Spiral Questions to Provoke Thinking
Spiral questioning helps students think about the content they are studying in a sequence that begins with basic information and moves to higher levels of thinking and understanding. In this video clip, an 8th grade world geography teacher uses the strategy in her class.
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What Was the Question?: Rethinking Questioning
Effective or strategic questioning engages students in the act of discovery. Education professor Esther Fusco discusses how to rethink the way you use questioning strategies in your classroom. more
Developing More Curious Minds
This book provides guidelines for designing and assessing an inquiry-based curriculum. Educators will learn questioning strategies that encourage students to think, investigate, and draw their own conclusions.
"A prudent question is one-half of wisdom."
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