I’ve written before about questioning in class, and there are a variety of techniques which can be deployed in most classrooms.  But, still, questioning is underused.  Why do you think that is?

What methods can we use to extend thinking? And how can we ensure that everyone participates?

It’s easier to engage learners if you phrase your questions to prompt more than a one word response.  This also paves the way for extension questions to draw out and analyse.

Question: How can you frame a question so that a learner knows “What’s In It For Me”?

Answer:  By using phrases which include them, such as:

  • Why might you need to know ………
  • What impact will it have on you if …….
  • Which part of your life ……..

Encourage curiosity –

  • Show students the next topic or module
  • Ask students to come up with 4 questions that they will want answered

Create ‘survey’ questions or games using simple technology


What other questioning ideas can you share?