“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is to not stop questioning.” – Albert Einstein

And so begins a fabulous informative text about questioning from an English educator. A summary: (numbers 1 to 4 being questioning that initiates the learning process, 5 and 7 being core questioning techniques to develop the learning and 8 to 10 being questioning strategies that are evaluative in nature)

1. Key questions as learning objectives – big questions to initiate and motivate,

2. ‘If this is the answer….what is the question ?” – sparks inquisitiveness, reverses the standard,

3. Thunks – initiates deeper thinking

4. ‘Just one more question…….’- students generate their own questions, collaborative,

5. Socratic questioning and Socratic circles – see article for these levels of inquiry also see website for instructions about Socratic circles,


6. Pose-pause-bounce-pounce – strategy for questioning,

7. Hinge point questions,

8. Question continuum – fabulous build up of questioning techniques from the students themselves,

9. Questioning monitor – students constructively involved in the evaluation and reflection process,

10. The Question Wall – similar to the previous two however provides a powerful visual display of student questions.

All this reading about questioning certainly makes me question my questioning technique. I will endeavour to incorporate some part of these techniques into my teaching, particularly of integrated studies and inquiry units.


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