Using Powerful Questioning Techniques in Your Classroom
Using appropriate and effective Questioning Techniques is as basic to teaching as using a hammer is to building. You can't do one correctly without how to do the other.
In reality, Questioning and Teaching pretty much go hand-in-hand.
It is critical that questioning techniques in your classroom are mastered.
Using Questioning is a teaching skill not to be taken lightly. However, if you are not using effective questioning techniques in your classroom, you are letting your and your students down. Just ask Edward de Bono.
“Asking a question is the simplest way of focusing thinking…asking the right question may be the most important part of thinking.”
It is important to realise that questioning is much more that asking something to which students respond.
Certainly, this is an old adage. Specifically it refers to computer programming. However, it is equally applicable to classroom questioning techniques.
If your questions are a poorly developed and lack purpose, the response you get from the student will equally lack purpose.
Unfortunately, some questions simply occupy classroom white space. To clarify, white space is the period where there is no activity at often no noise. A vaccuum, if you like. Everyone is waiting for something to happen and eagerly waits for "the event".
Hence, the teacher asks a question.
And that either creates enthusiasm or kills the energy of the room.
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