Asking Questions Kate Chesterman

Purpose of Question

Questions that seek information

  • Probing questions go along great with this. They help you ask questions that make students seek more information.
  • It is very important to keep your students seeking more and wanting to know more. Keeps your students brains moving and interacting with classroom discussion.

Questions that provide information

  • To help provide information it is kind of like an open question. It gives you information and helps you figure out more things the more you talk.
  • Having questions that provide your students with information is an amazing thing. For example if they as you a question you can answer it and add another question to it that provides more information to what they asked. Always keep your students minds going.

Questions that clarify or confirm information

  • These types of questions are a lot like closed questions. Clarifying that they understood what was said and have a greater understanding for it.
  • Asking questions is a great way to make sure that your students are understand what you are teaching. Making sure that they answer correctly is necessary for making sure that they are comprehending.

Types of Questions

Questions of information

  • Forces us to look at our sources of information as well as the quality of information.
  • It is very important to make sure the source of your information is reliable and has good quality.

Questions of interpretation

  • Forces you to examine how you are organizing or giving meaning to information.
  • You must know how to ask a question that is going to show that the students are able to interpret it when asked.

Question of Assumption

  • Forces us to examine what we are taking for granted.
  • You must make sure you are looking up and making sure you are getting information from a reliable source rather than just assuming.

Question of implication

  • Forces us to follow out where our thinking is going.
  • Train of thought can often take your thinking process many directions and question of implication makes us follow where your brain is leading you.

Question of point of view

  • Forces us to examine our point of view and to consider other relevant points of view.
  • You must understand your point of view and where it is leading you before you can understand someone else. It is very important to understand your own thinking before you can understand someone else.

Question of relevance force

  • Forces us to discriminate what does and what does not bear on a question.
  • If what you are learning or listening to has no relevance to you it is hard to pay attention and focus. If something does not lead to a question it is hard to understand the relevance of why you are doing it.

Question of accuracy

  • Forces us to evaluate and test for truth and correctness.
  • Before we can believe it and completely understand it we must find it to be true and correct in all ways. Otherwise we will not fully comprehend things.

Question of precision

  • Forces you to to give details and be specific.
  • It helps us understand when we give the max amount of detail when giving information.

Question of consistency

  • Forces us to examine our thinking for contradictions.
  • It is important to be consistent in teaching. You can't teach it a million different ways and expect them to understand each way you provide.

Question of logic

  • Forces us to us to consider how we are putting the whole of our thought together, to make sure that it all adds up and makes sense within a reasonable system of some kind.
  • Logic is important so that you know how you got where you are and could do it all over again without a struggle.

Resources

  • https://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newTMC_88.htm
  • http://www.criticalthinking.org/pages/the-role-of-questions-in-teaching-thinking-and-learning/524

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