There is a big push in education to get students thinking deeper and more conceptually, to answering the types of questions that have cross-curricular application. With that in mind, this presentation explains why big ideas and essential questions are crucial for student learning, and offers the criteria for these types of queries.
Getting started coming up with essential questions to provoke depth of though may seem like a daunting challenge, but as this post suggests, the "many, many examples" provided may help you put pen to paper.
At some point in every lesson, teachers ask themselves if it's time to move on, reteach, or recap. But how can we really know which choice is appropriate? The answer is by asking hinge questions. This article explains what they are and some considerations when it comes to designing good hinge questions.
According to this brief primer and checklist, when students develop their own questions around an objective, it leads to deeper understanding and independent learning. Sound good? Then follow the checklist included and start having your students formulate questions of their own.
Sometimes listening to an experienced and passionate teacher explain a concept can be powerful for gaining and giving inspiration. From this 2 minute video, I received the jump-start needed to start thinking about how to apply better questioning techniques in my own classroom.
This infographic contains everything you need and want when designing your plan for asking good questions. Framed in terms of the level of thinking skills, this colorful chart provides key words, actions and outcome, plus question stems for each one. You need this!
When students use the Question Formulation Technique (QFT) detailed in this article, it develops their ability to brainstorm, categorize, prioritize and reflect. This article from the Harvard Graduate School of Education explains the 6 steps of teaching and applying the QFT in your classroom.