Asking better questions affords students an opportunity for deeper thinking and provides teachers with significant insight into the degree and depth of student understanding.  Questions of this nature engage students in classroom dialogue that expands student learning.  Questions should go beyond the typical factual questions requiring recall of facts or numbers.  Paul Black, a noted authority on formative assessment, suggests that "more effort has to be spent in framing questions that are worth asking: that is, questions which explore issues that are critical to the development of students' understanding." (Black et al., 2003)


Links for Questioning:

Text-Dependent Questions

Tips for Teachers - Asking Good Questions

Questioning Techniques: Research-Based Strategies for Teachers

Edutopia: The Right Way to Ask Questions in the Classroom

Inviting Student Engagement with Questioning

Using "Think Time" and "Wait Time" Skillfully in the Classroom


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