According to Brandon Cline (2018), “while asking questions may seem a simple task, it is perhaps the most powerful tool we possess as teachers” (para. 1). Through questioning, we have the power to push our students’ thinking to the highest levels. We have the power to create challenging, rigorous tasks that help our students grow academically, think deeply, and spark their curiosities. In this course, you will learn exactly how to implement highly effective questioning strategies in your daily instruction so that your students can reach beyond their potential.
This course will introduce you to highly effective questioning strategies by clearly explaining the purpose behind questioning and how it impacts student achievement. After developing a clear understanding of why teachers ask questions, you will begin to explore the Bloom’s taxonomy framework and use it to create questions at various levels. Next, you will learn exactly what makes a question “high quality” and then use this knowledge to create your own rigorous questions. After creating questions, it is important to know what to do and how to respond after your students answer your questions. You will learn how to give specific feedback that addresses confusion as well as pushes students to think even more deeply. Finally, you will apply all that you learned in this course to shift the balance of power in your classroom so that your students become good questioners and take charge of their own learning.
By the end of this course, you will be equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to use
questioning as a daily instructional strategy in your classroom.