Effective Questioning


Questioning is one of the most integral characteristics of effective teaching and learning, quite simply as it:

  • drives learning
  • creates a language rich environment
  • reviews learning
  • encourages engagement and motivation
  • develops critical thinking

Rosenshine writes in his Principles of Instruction‘Ask a large number of questions and check the responses of all students. Questions help students practice new information and connect new material to their prior learning.’

To improve your questioning strategy and technique, take a look at some of the great blog posts below.

Or alternatively, please take out one of the books from the CPD learning library in the staff room and focus on the chapters below:

  • Chapter 7 – Classroom Talk and Questioning – ‘What does this look like in the classroom’ – Hendrick and Macpherson
  • Chapter 6 – Questioning – ‘Making every lesson count’ – Allison and Tharby
  • Chapter 7 – Building ratio through questioning – ‘Teach Like a Champion 2.0’ – Lemov
  • Chapter 6 – Questioning: Rediscovering the potential – ‘Slow Teaching’ – Thom
  • Pages 195-208 – The Learning Rainforest – Sherrington
  • Chapter 12 – Confident questioning and feedback – ‘The Confident Teacher’ – Alex Quigley
  • Techniques 11 and 22 ‘No Opt Out and Cold Call – ‘Teach Like a Champion 2.0’ – Doug Lemov

Also worth checking out these short videos on questioning:


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