Sunday, September 29, 2013

Blog Post #6-Asking Question: What Questions Do We Ask? How Do We Ask?

The Right Way To Ask Questions In The Classroom
    In this blog post, Ben Johnson addresses how teachers are asking the wrong questions in the classroom. I never really considered that my teachers were asking me the wrong types of questions until reading this blog post. He points out that there are a handful of students who will answer a question every time and there are the majority of students who will never answer questions. This stems from the way the teacher is asking the question. When a teacher asks if everyone understands he/she is really asking for the permission of her students to move onto a new concept, but that is not necessarily the right question to be asking. In order for our students to understand we need to give them all the chance to process the question and form an answer and then randomly choose a student to answer.

Asking Questions To Improve Learning
student answering question
    In this article, we are given a number of different strategies for asking questions to our students to improve their learning. Some general strategies we can use for asking questions are planning our questions ahead of time and planning them around what concepts we want our students to learn. We should also aim for direct, clear, and specific questions. We should also aim to respond effectively to our students. It is important to give our students adequate time to formulate an answer for the question that has been asked. We should also strive to not interrupt our students when answering. As educators we should allow our students to give their full response to a question and then offer feedback where it is needed.

Three Ways To Ask Better Questions In The Classroom
    In this post by Faculty Focus, they give the reader three ways to ask better questions in the classroom. The first tip is to prepare questions ahead of time. Preparing questions ahead of time helps you to clarify and conceptualize the question being asked. The second tip is to play with questions. Playing with questions allows you to leave the question unanswered and using strategies to give students time to think about an appropriate answer. The final tip is to preserve good questions. Keeping good questions asked by students can assist more students to think and come up with questions of their own.


  1. Hi Caitlin, I enjoyed your post. I like the idea on preparing your questions beforehand. At first, I thought you didn't have any links to your sources but I noticed they were in the titles. I think you may want to include it in the paragraph instead because it can be confusing. Also, I think you may want to change your font. Either a darker color or make it bigger because some of it was hard to read. It conflicts with your background. But other than that I think you did a good job!