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Questioning Strategies to Engage Middle School Minds

The resources included in this collection provide concrete strategies and techniques for effectively questioning middle school students.The pdfs, slideshows, videos, etc. included here offer creative and evidence-based methods for questioning that engage even the most truculent students into meaningful, mindful, critical discussions.
A Collection By Tracy Pinkard
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Questioning Strategies to Engage Middle School Minds
  • hepg.org
    hepg.org

    Teaching Students to Ask Their Own Questions

    5 minute read
    Tracy Pinkard says:
    The Harvard Education Letter offers a great overview of the Question Formulation Technique (QFT) for promoting self-questioning in students. The explanation of QFT is informative while the description of the six steps of the technique provides enough information to get started with the strategy in your classroom today.
  • Tracy Pinkard says:
    In this video, presented by ThoughtfulClassroom, there are wonderful examples of questioning strategies in action in a middle school classroom. I particularly like that each technique used is clearly identified so that it is evident what the components of the technique are, what it looks like for the teacher, and what it looks like when students are actively engaged in the questioning process.
  • 712educators.about.com
    712educators.about.com

    Effective Teacher Questioning Techniques

    5 minute read
    Tracy Pinkard says:
    Read this article to find an easy way to organize your thinking about questioning in the classroom. The broad categories described help organize questions so that a balance of questions, addressing a variety of learning purposes can be effectively used in the classroom.
  • Tracy Pinkard says:
    This Teaching Channel video does a good job of showing questioning techniques in practice in the classroom. The specific examples of questioning activities students can use, as well as the explanation of the activities serve can serve as a springboard for questioning activities in your classroom.
  • Questioning

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    daretodifferentiate.wikispaces.com
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    Tracy Pinkard says:
    The Dare to Differentiate wiki has compiled an excellent list of resources related questioning. From questioning wheels to Bloom's taxonomy posters, the only question here is which resource to use first.
  • Tracy Pinkard says:
    This compilation of slideshow, text, and related resources provided by TeacherTools is well-worth bookmarking. The animated slideshow provides background and context into questioning in the classroom while the links to the related resources provide strategies, frameworks, and examples of effective questioning.
  • Tracy Pinkard says:
    I love this concept shared on Glenda Baker's blog! Not only does the Question Formation Technique promote effective questioning, but more importantly, it offers students ownership of what they are learning by allowing them the opportunity to guide the lesson by their questions. I highly recommend bookmarking, printing, and sharing this resource.
  • learner.org
    learner.org

    Classroom Questioning

    15 minute read
    Tracy Pinkard says:
    This pdf by Kathleen Cotton is a great starting place for teachers wanting to learn more about effective questioning strategies for the classroom and the research base behind questioning in general. The recommendations at the end of the document are outstanding and the explanations and suggestions throughout the paper are gems in themselves!
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