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Asking Questions That Make Students Think

Asking Questions That Make Students Think

For Teachers

How can we ask questions that make students think rather than just remember?

Creating Sequences of Questions

Creating Sequences of Questions

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High-level questions on their own simply aren't enough. We must create sequences of questions!

Developing Questions that Prompt Thinking in Math

Developing Questions that Prompt Thinking in Math

For Teachers

Math is a particularly tricky subject for asking higher-level questions. Here are a couple of techniques I've used to prompt students to think, not merely calculate.

Running A “Notice, Wonder” Lesson

Running A “Notice, Wonder” Lesson

For Teachers

Use these puzzling images to build a classroom culture that is comfortable with curiosity, ambiguity, and taking intellectual risks.

Who Asks The Questions? And Who Answers?

Who Asks The Questions? And Who Answers?

For Teachers

What would the pie chart look like for these three situations: the teacher asks the students, a student asks the teacher, or a student asks another student a question? I can tell you my pie chart would have been very lopsided.

Updating Old Questions: Conflict and Character Change

Updating Old Questions: Conflict and Character Change

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I update an old question about conflict and character change in the story Hatchet.

Improving Wait Time

Improving Wait Time

For Teachers

How much time do students get to think? How much time do students need to think? How can we bring those into alignment?

Updating Old Questions: Name That Genre

Updating Old Questions: Name That Genre

For Teachers

How I'd improve a low-level question about a story's genre.

Improving Evaluative Questions

Improving Evaluative Questions

For Teachers

How to improve questions at the "evaluate" level of Bloom's Taxonomy.

Updating Old Questions: Comparing Two Leaders

Updating Old Questions: Comparing Two Leaders

For Teachers

How I'd upgrade a dull "which one is better" question.

Updating Old Questions: Identify Figurative Language

Updating Old Questions: Identify Figurative Language

For Teachers

So students can identify a simile, metaphor, and hyperbole. What next?

Updating Old Questions: Volcano from Two Perspectives

Updating Old Questions: Volcano from Two Perspectives

For Teachers

How I'd break down and rebuild a task about judging a volcano.

Updating Old Questions: Pay Raise

Updating Old Questions: Pay Raise

For Teachers

How I'd update a low-level, overly engaging math question.

Updating Old Questions: A Mere Model of a Cell

Updating Old Questions: A Mere Model of a Cell

For Teachers

This task is all about the product, but completely ignores how students will think.

Updating Old Questions: Designing A Character’s Bedroom

Updating Old Questions: Designing A Character’s Bedroom

For Teachers

Fixing an under-developed (but interesting) task that was originally part of a choice menu.