John T. Spencer: 10 Ways to Help Students Ask Better Questions

July 27, 2012 § Leave a comment

John T. Spencer: 10 Ways to Help Students Ask Better Questions
http://www.johntspencer.com/2011/04/10-ways-to-help-students-ask-better.html?m=1

“However, the deeper questions didn’t happen in a vacuum.  Students have spent hours learning the art of questioning.  Here are ten things I’ve done in class to encourage students to ask better questions:

  1. Question Everything: It’s become a mantra in our class and it extends all the way to me.  As long as a question is respectful, I want students to question their world.  This applies to analyzing mathematical processes, thinking through social issues, making sense out of a text or analyzing the natural world for cause and effect.  Pretty much every lesson we do includes students asking questions to me, to one another or to themselves – and the boldest of students will ask questions of the world. “

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