Classroom Strategies to Engender Student Questioning
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Beginning A New Unit
Class Taxonomy of Questions
The Five Minute Question
The Book Report
The Tourist in Trouble
Pre-Writing, First Writing, Re-Writing, Editing
On Stage (Music, Art, Athletics, Drama, Speech, etc.)
Divergent and Creative Thinking
Key Words and Question Stems
The strategies described below have been developed and tested by teachers. They are offered as practical, effective activities that help shift the focus of classrooms from teacher orchestrated mastery and memory of information to student processing of information to create understanding and improve problem-solving.
As one of the primary goals of education is to develop autonomous but interdependent thinkers, students deserve frequent opportunities to shape and direct classroom inquiry. To fuel this inquiry, it is also essential that we validate the importance of curiosity in the process of learning.
While curiosity may have killed the cat, there is no reason for us to kill curiosity.