Sunday, June 7, 2015
Blog Post 4 - Asking Questions
In the article, The Right Way to Ask Questions in the Classroom , Johnson talks about the goal of a question. Often, students don't understand what they don't understand, and become fearful of speaking up. To make sure a student really understands the material, the teachers question have to be specific, like needing an explanation of the students understanding. It is a teachers responsibility to get every student involves so some students don't rely on the "smarter" students to answer all the questions.
The article Asking Questions to Improve Learning gives general strategies for asking questions, responding effectively to those questions, gives the positives of asking open questions, discusses Bloom's taxonomy, and shows how to refine questions. All of these are to improve student's active learning and participation in the classroom. The article shows how both teachers and students can use these questioning skills.
The article, Three Ways to Ask Better Questions in the Classroom , shows educators how to prepare questions, play around with questions, and preserve good questions. Questions force students to think about the topic at hand. Preparing questions before class time can help outline your class teaching and aids in helping to student to not get confused by questions that weren't thought through. Playing with a question means to leave the answer blank and encouraging students to think about it. This includes getting multiple answers from several students, or returning to that question on another day when students have had more time to process it. Preserving questions that are good can help other students, rather than helping just the one that asked it. Preserving good questions shows students the importance pf asking questions and how much questions can clarify a confusing concept.