Questioning Techniques - EIU

Questioning Techniques - EIU

Questioning Techniques Questioning Second most widely used teaching strategy Some teachers used as many as 150 questions per hour Average was 395 questions a day 71% were factual

29% required thought Blooms Taxonomy Knowledge to know about Comprehension to understand Application to use knowledge & understanding Analysis to break down

Synthesis to combine, to create Evaluation to judge Convergent Questions Knowledge and Comprehension levels Low level Encourage student responses to converge or focus on a special theme

Short, factual answers Convergent Examples What did the witch give Snow White? Where did apprenticeships originate? Divergent Questions Application, Analysis, & Synthesis levels

Higher level questions Questions that evoke student responses that may vary greatly Longer student responses usually needed Seldom determined to be write or wrong More than one way to answer Divergent Examples

What would happen in a school if it had no rules? How does the environment affect human behavior? Evaluative Questions Evaluation level Questions that ask for judgment

No right or wrong answers Evaluative Examples Is the world a better place because of computers? What should Snow White have done when she received the apple?

Questioning Procedure Ask

Pause (3 to 5 seconds) Call on someone Listen to response Emphasize correct answer Encouraging Responses

Maintain a positive, friendly environment Be generous with positive feedback Offer some easy to answer questions Allow for making mistakes as a way of learning

Make a game out of asking/answering questions (teams) Encouraging Responses Draw cards out of hat for random names Give students questions the day before Balance responses from volunteers and nonvolunteers Avoid being sarcastic or punishing

Watch your nonverbal cues Try to make them feel successful Prompts Supply prompts to encourage responses Thats a good description of the first part. Now what about . . .? Yes, thats part of the answer. Tell me

more. Thats the basic idea. Can you expand on that? Okay. Continue. Handling Wrong Answers Think about that again. Then take another try.

Can you tell us how you got your answer? Youve got the first part right. Tell me more about your answer. Thats a very unique way of looking at things.

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