Category Archive: Questioning


Classroom Questioning: How to ask good questions

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Classroom Questioning: How to ask good questions

Classroom questioning is perhaps the most overlooked part of any modern teacher’s pedagogical toolkit. This is despite the fact that questions make up a large chunk of what we do on a day-to-day basis to facilitate learning. One of the reasons why questions are overlooked is because it can ...

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Elongate their learning

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Elongate their learning

The phrase ‘stretch and challenge’ can be applied across the age and ability range. Mike Gershon shares his tried and tested methods There are two ways to interpret the phrase “stretch and challenge”. On the one hand, it relates to whole-class teaching and the importance ...

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What makes a good question?

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What makes a good question?

Mike Gershon continues his series of practical guides to big teaching topics by looking at questioning techniques Teachers ask thousands of questions each week. They are the prime means of finding out what pupils think and to get them to think in the first place. And there are a range of ...

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“It’s just my opinion” isn’t good enough

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“It’s just my opinion” isn’t good enough

Top tips on how to teach students to justify their opinions rather than blandly assert them “Everyone is entitled to their opinion” – a refrain commonly heard in our society. We value free speech and the rights of the individual. The private preferences we keep, as long as they do ...

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