Asking Effective Questions- Questioning is a powerful instructional strategy. Developing skills in questioning for understanding and content knowledge evolves over time and like anything else, requires practice. The payoff is significant in terms of students’ conceptual understanding. Though this research article is written with math teaching in mind, the research connects to all subject areas.
Using Effective Questions--Cornell University Center for Teaching Excellence. This is an excellent Webpage with a multitude of resources related to effective questioning. It also gives non-examples which are useful in getting a better idea of what excellent questioning skills looks like.
Practicing Effective Questioning. This informational Web page provides a chart of practices to maximize and practices to minimize in order to move student learning forward.
Engineering Classroom Discussions as a Part of Effective Formative Assessment -Many teachers spend a considerable proportion of their instructional time in whole-class discussion or question-and-answer sessions, but these sessions tend to rehearse existing knowledge rather than create new knowledge for students. Moreover, teachers generally listen for the “correct” answer instead of listening for what they can learn about the students' thinking; as Davis (1997) says, they listen evaluatively rather than interpretively
Question Formulation Technique (QFT)--This technique is the outcome of twenty years of work in developing and, most importantly, simplifying a straightforward, rigorous process that helps all students learn how to produce their own questions, improve their questions, and strategize on how to use their questions. In the process, they develop divergent, convergent and metacognitive thinking abilities.
The Right Question Institute--QFT Resources - This is a link to the Teacher Resource Area of The Right Question Institute site. Some of the resources included on the site are linked, below. Before you may access the resources on the Right Question Institute site, you will be asked to register, using an email address. Below, is a sample of the free resources available:
Experiencing the QFT: This is a 9-page pdf that describes how to facilitate and use the QFT (Right Question Institute)
QFT Small Group Recording Template: This is the worksheet (pdf) used to record and prioritize the questions generated, as well as to plan next steps. ------------------------ Reflection and Self-Analysis Document This is the link to the pdf from the Center for Strengthening the Teaching Profession that is used for a self-evaluation tool specific to a school and district's capacity to support teacher leadership.
Teaching Channel Videos for Professional Learning of Effective Questioning