This book does a great job to explain what essential questions are and how they can be used in your classroom. This is a great read if you are looking for ways to build a sense of community and encourage student engagement in your classroom!
This is a QUESTIONS journey to frame different types of questions. It is a great way to start a class. In my class, on the first day, I share photos from National Geographic and ask students to choose one of a natural environment and one of a built environment. Students tell why they chose the photos they did and then ask a question of the picture that they would like to know more about. This starts the 'need to know more' curiosity, which is the ultimate driver for asking questions!
A great blog post from Warren Berger, author of A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas. In this post, Berger describes his work with The Right Question Institute and how their techniques can help students become more effective at asking questions to extend their learning. He provides links to other resources that teachers can use in their development of questioning techniques as well.
This is a great article from the Summer 2008 edition of Educational Leadership from ASCD, a respected organization for leaders in education! The article does a great job addressing the idea that most teachers ask questions that require students to merely recall knowledge or information rather than use higher-order thinking skills. Great examples and templates of how to incorporate techniques discussed are provided.
This is a 2 page PDF file that provides some suggested means of integrating questioning strategies into the classroom. This would be a great resource to print and keep in a teacher resource binder. It can be used across all grade levels and content areas!
This video shows some strategies for questioning and discussion to support the learner centered classroom. A few strategies to get all of the students involved individually and engaging in group activities are discussed and provide great ideas for teachers to implement in their own classroom. While this is not a long video, it does a good job providing a quick summary of what good questioning looks like and how it can be easily implemented into the classroom!
This is a great collection of resources that will help teachers hone their practice of questioning in the classroom, as well as ways that you can help your students become effective at forming their own questions.