Esther Boe | 3/22/2019 6:51:40 PM
"He who asks a question is a fool for five minutes; he who does not ask a question remains a fool forever." - Chinese proverb
As educators, encouraging questions from students is a way to gauge student learning, increase student participation, and encourage active learning. Sometimes students are shy or maybe they don't want to appear "uncool" so they don't speak up. Having a Q & A time is valuable before a lesson begins and after it's complete.
Good discussion revolves around the use of open-ended questions. These are questions with a little vagueness that do not prompt or suggest a specific answer from youth. Avoiding yes/no questions (closed-ended) provides a space for discussion and dialogue. Open-ended questions encourage a more thoughtful response. They are helpful in discovering more about a topic and can enhance a lesson.
Examples of Open Ended Questions:
Examples of Closed Ended Questions:
Do you recall Bloom's Taxonomy? In 1956, Benjamin Bloom, published a structure for youth to obtain knowledge. The basic understanding of the structure is that knowledge is gained from simple to complex and concrete to abstract.
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