Effective Questioning

Overview and Reading List

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

  • drives learning
  • leads to participation increasing
  • causes students to think hard
  • 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’ – Carl Hendrick and Robin Macpherson
  • Chapter 6 – Questioning – ‘Making every lesson count’ – Shaun Allison and Andy Tharby
  • Chapter 7 – Building ratio through questioning – ‘Teach Like a Champion 2.0’ – Doug Lemov
  • Chapter 6 – Questioning: Rediscovering the potential – ‘Slow Teaching’ – Jamie Thom
  • Pages 195-208 – The Learning Rainforest – Tom 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
  • Rosenshine’s Principles in Action – Tom Sherrington
  • Chapter 2 – Teach Like Nobody’s Watching – Mark Enser

Also worth checking out these short videos on questioning:

Latest FHES Teacher Blogs on Effective Questioning

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