Top 10 Questioning Strategies

[by John Smith]

I am a fan of Doug Lemov’s ‘micro techniques’, which seem to get to the heart of what good teaching is all about. These ‘tricks of the trade’ got me thinking of the results of a Maths Department session on Questioning, which I have summarised below. I hope you find at least one idea to try in your classroom.

1. Hinge Questions : “A check for understanding at a ‘hinge-point’ in a lesson, so-called because of two inter-linked meanings:
 – It is the point where you move from one key idea/activity/point on to another.
 – Understanding the content before the hinge is a prerequisite for the next chunk of learning.”

2. Allow thinking time before selecting a response.

3. Ask the question at least twice.

4. Pose, Pause, Pounce, Bounce via @teachertoolkit

5. Reward good questions from students: stars/merits – “you were all thinking it, Jimmy asked it!”

6. Fruit Machine name generator to select students.

7. Give me the classic wrong response! Why is it so wrong?

8. Don’t be afraid to target questions at 6th formers!

9. Question Loop – answer then pose the next question.

10. Jeopardy: “Here is the answer, what was the question”

More on questioning:

Alex Quigley (@HuntingEnglish) on the same theme



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