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Using the Strategic questioning DVD

The Strategic questioning DVD explores the following key aspects of strategic questioning:

The Strategic questioning DVD is available for purchase from Curriculum Corporation.

Preparing key questions

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  • What, according to the teachers, is the value in preparing key questions for each lesson?

Think of a lesson that you have recently taught, and then answer these questions:

  • What was the learning intention?
  • What were the key questions that you wanted the students to be able to answer at the end of the lesson?

Encouraging students to ask questions

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  • Identify and comment on the strategies described and used by the teachers to encourage students to ask questions.
  • Why is it important that students be encouraged to ask questions?
  • What formative use can be made of the questions asked by students?

Asking closed questions

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  • What are the characteristics of a closed question?
  • Identify examples of closed questions used in the video examples of classroom practice.
  • What do you think was the purpose of the closed questions asked here?
  • Could the same purpose have been achieved by asking open questions?
  • Would more have been achieved by asking open questions?

Asking open questions

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  • What are the characteristics of an open question?
  • What kinds of open questions can you name? (You might refer to Bloom's taxonomy or some other system of categorising open questions.)
  • Identify instances of open questions used in the video examples of classroom practice. What do you think was the purpose of the open questions asked here?

Prompting students to further responses

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  • Why do the teachers believe that prompting students is an important part of questioning?
  • What are some of the ways in which teachers prompt students to further responses? (What kinds of further questions do they ask?)

Building on 'wrong' answers

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  • What are some of the ways in which the teachers make use of inappropriate answers from students?
  • In the video examples of classroom practice, the students are responding to the question, 'What other inferences can you make from this text?' Two of the students respond to that question with answers that show they are not making correct inferences. How does the teacher make use of these incorrect responses?

Wait or thinking time

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  • What are the circumstances under which the teachers provide their students with wait time or thinking time?
  • Why do the teachers believe that giving students wait time or thinking time is an important aspect of questioning?

Hands down

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  • What is the link that teachers see between wait time and hands down?
  • What were the difficulties that the teachers describe in the implementation of hands down?
  • What kinds of solutions did they arrive at?

Responding positively to students' answers

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  • List the strategies described and used by the teachers to show their students that their responses are valued and to build motivation and self-esteem.

Distributing questions around the class

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  • What strategies do the teachers identify as ones they use in order to distribute questions around the class?

The link between questioning and assessment for learning

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  • Describe how these teachers make formative use of the information that they gain as a result of questioning their students.
  • What evidence about your student learning do you use in order to decide your groupings, what to teach next and in what order?