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John Evans

8 Ways to Improve a Question ~ A More Beautiful Question by Warren Berger - 2 views

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    "I recently spent some time with the pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk in Copenhagen, where I conducted some exercises on sharpening questioning skills. It's often the case that when you have to teach people something, you learn a lot yourself. One of the things I had to get my arms around was a pretty basic question: How do you improve a question? I'm sure there are many potential answers to that, but in thinking about, I came up with these eight ways to take an existing question and make it better"
John Evans

10+ Terrific Resources for Teaching Questioning Skills to Your Students - 5 views

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    "Teachers are always on the lookout for ways to foster questioning skills in students. First of all, let's define our subject. At skillsyouneed.com the topic of questioning is covered succinctly in this article. It asks us to consider why we question things. So why do we?
    We question to gather information. It helps us learn. We communicate and understand others through questioning. It helps us explore the world we live in. We also test acquired knowledge with good questioning skills. They are skills that serve us in school and in everything beyond it. Curiosity and questioning are what keep us interested and engaged in life."
John Evans

How to Bring 'More Beautiful' Questions Back to School | MindShift | KQED News - 2 views

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    "In the age of information, factual answers are easy to find. Want to know who signed the Declaration of Independence? Google it. Curious about the plot of Nathaniel Hawthorne's famous novel, "The Scarlet Letter"? A quick Internet search will easily jog your memory. But while computers are great at spitting out answers, they aren't very good at asking questions. But luckily, that's where humans can excel."
John Evans

The Power Of I Don't Know - 1 views

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    "A driving strategy that serves students-whether pursuing self-knowledge or academic content-is questioning. Questioning is useful as an assessment strategy, catalyst for inquiry, or "getting unstuck" tool. It can drive entire unit of instruction as an essential question. In other words, questions transcend content, floating somewhere between the students and their context.

    Questions are more important than the answers they seem designed to elicit. The answer is residual-requires the student to package their content to please the question-maker, which moves the center of gravity from the student's belly to the educator's marking pen. In that light, I was interested when I found the visual above.

    It's okay to say "I don't know." Teach your students how to develop questions (because) it helps conquer their own confusion.

    Rebeca Zuniga was inspired to create the above visual by the wonderful Heather Wolpert-Gawron (from the equally wonderful edutopia, and also her own site, tweenteacher). The whole graphic is wonderful, but it's that I don't know that really resonated with me. Traditionally, this phrase is seen as a hole rather than a hill. I don't know means I'm missing information that I'm supposed to have."
John Evans

Questioning; Challenge & Engagement | Gary King - 1 views

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    "Questioning is a fundamental element of pedagogy, one you could read endlessly around, but the reality is using questioning to challenge and engage all learners is demanding and potentially problematic to get right. Recently I've been working with a team of teachers, shaping our CPD model in preparation for the new academic year. Engaging in dialogue around teaching and learning with colleagues is always a pleasure and extremely informative, and one aspect continually crops up; deep, challenging and engaging questioning. Firstly, I think it's crucial to outline what we are trying to achieve when we think about the purpose of questioning, for me it includes the following:

    Allowing students to develop a fuller understanding of a concept because they have tried to explain it
    themselves
    To easily recall existing knowledge
    To be able to link the ideas in the lesson with existing knowledge
    To tackle problems at a deep level and be able to extend their thinking
    To engage easily with a task because they are clear about what is expected
    To develop independence in the way they learn and think"
John Evans

A Quick Guide To Questioning In The Classroom - 1 views

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    "Something we've become known for is our focus on thought, inquiry, and understanding, and questions are a big part of that. We've done questions that students should ask, parents should ask, students should and shouldn't answer, questions that promote and stifle inquiry, question that reveal self-knowledge and wisdom, and more.

    If the ultimate goal of education is for students to be able to effectively answer questions, then focusing on content and response strategies makes sense. If the ultimate goal of education is to teach students to think, then focusing on how we can help students ask better questions themselves might make sense, no?"
John Evans

Why It's Imperative to Teach Students How to Question as the Ultimate Survival Skill | ... - 2 views

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    "Friday March 14 is the 135th anniversary of Albert Einstein's birthday, a good time to think about the importance of asking questions. This was a big theme for Einstein, who told us, "The important thing is not to stop questioning," while also urging us to question everything and "Never lose a holy curiosity."

    Einstein understood that questioning is critical to learning and solving problems. If he were alive today, Einstein would see a world in which questioning has become more important than ever before. But he might also be left wondering why, for the most part, we still don't encourage questioning or teach it to our children."
John Evans

5 Ways to Help Your Students Become Better Questioners | Edutopia - 0 views

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    "The humble question is an indispensable tool: the spade that helps us dig for truth, or the flashlight that illuminates surrounding darkness. Questioning helps us learn, explore the unknown, and adapt to change.

    That makes it a most precious "app" today, in a world where everything is changing and so much is unknown. And yet, we don't seem to value questioning as much as we should. For the most part, in our workplaces as well as our classrooms, it is the answers we reward -- while the questions are barely tolerated.

    To change that is easier said than done. Working within an answers-based education system, and in a culture where questioning may be seen as a sign of weakness, teachers must go out of their way to create conditions conducive to inquiry. Here are some suggestions (based on input from question-friendly teachers, schools, programs, and organizations) on how to encourage more questioning in the classroom and hopefully, beyond it."
John Evans

8 ways teachers can talk less and get kids talking more | The Cornerstone - 1 views

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    "On Twitter, I recently shared an excellent article by Justin Tarte called 5 Questions Every Teacher Should Ask Him/Herself. The first reflection question Justin recommends is:

    Who is doing a majority of the talking in your classroom? It's the person who is doing the majority of the talking that tends to do the most learning, so what is the teacher/student talking ratio in your classroom? If you find yourself always talking more than your students, try and figure out some ways to empower your students so they are more involved in the learning."
John Evans

A Must Have Questioning Toolkit for Teachers and Educators ~ Educational Technology and... - 4 views

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    "Here is a great resource I have recently stumbled upon and never had the chance to share it here till this evening. A Questioning Toolkit is a comprehensive guide to help teachers, educators, and curriculum designers better integrate the power of questions in learning and instruction. This resource contains a plethora of question types with explanations on each of these types together with examples and tips on how to use each of them. I have gone through the materials presented in this guide and I must say that it is really a treasure trove of educational insights for immediate application in classrooms."
Phil Taylor

- Create a Culture of Questioning and Inquiry - 7 views

  • shift from a culture of compliance, to a culture of questioning in your classroom
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    " shift from a culture of compliance, to a culture of questioning in your classroom"
John Evans

The Electric Educator: Google-Proof Questioning: A New Use for Bloom's Taxonomy - 8 views

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    "The internet has revolutionized information collection. The answer to virtually any question or problem is at our fingertips. Google has made this possible.

    While I am a great admirer of Google and an avid user of its products, in a way, Google has made my life as a teacher a LOT more difficult. Let me explain. In the "old days" (that would be pre-internet) when a teacher assigned a worksheet with a series of questions on it students had a few options to get the answers.

    1. Ask mom.
    2. If mom doesn't know, ask Dad.
    3. If Dad doesn't know look it up in the textbook.
    4. If the answer isn't in the textbook, give up."
John Evans

Learners Should Be Developing Their Own Essential Questions | User Generated Education - 0 views

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    "Having essential questions drive curriculum and learning has become core to many educator's instructional practices. "
John Evans

Ten Takeaway Tips for Teaching Critical Thinking | Edutopia - 8 views

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    "Ideally, teaching kids how to think critically becomes an integral part of your approach, no matter what subject you teach. But if you're just getting started, here are some concrete ways you can begin leveraging your students' critical-thinking skills in the classroom and beyond. "
Phil Taylor

For Students, Why the Question is More Important Than the Answer | MindShift - 10 views

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    "What would happen if the roles were flipped and students asked the questions?"
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