Who? What? When? Where? Why? How? Asking questions has always been fundamental to making sense of the world. Unless we are able to critically question what we see, hear and read, we can’t solve problems, create solutions, make informed decisions or enact change. And in our information-laden age, it is more important than ever to be able to decide what’s relevant, legitimate and valuable.
Helping your pupils to ask questions describes in-detail how questions can generate various levels of cognition, from remembering, understanding and applying to analysing, creating and evaluating. Focusing on the many different kinds of questions and ways that teachers themselves can model good questioning, this book shows teachers how they can help their pupils develop questioning skills through encouragement and a wide variety of targeted approaches.
The book also suggests ways to set up a question-friendly classroom, provides teaching strategies and pupil activities and gives notes on assessment and record-keeping. It is complemented by several pages of proformas, which can be copied or amended for use in the classroom.
1. Why Ask Questions? 2. Types of Questions 3. The Role of the Teacher 4. Establishing a Question-Friendly Classroom 5. Strategies and Activities 6. Frequently Asked Questions (and Trouble-Shooting) 7. Tips for the Teacher 8. Assessment and Record Keeping 9. Proformas for the Classroom 10. Further Reading
In our rapidly changing world, education is becoming less and less about imparting knowledge than it is about empowerment. We now want to make sure our children get the skills they need, not only to engage with and take responsibility for their own learning, but to successfully take part in a range of experiences throughout their lives.
The strategies and activities in the Little Books of Life Skills will help children see themselves as champions of their own world, a critical step in meeting the outcomes of the Every Child Matters agenda. Each title in the series will help children get the skills they need to enjoy and achieve – in school and beyond.