Ask and You Shall Receive.
Getting good answers means asking good questions, and here's how.
Asking good questions is a cornerstone of learning and living. So much of our success in life depends on asking the right questions. But how do we actually do it?
In education, the benefits of asking good questions is immeasurable. It's simple if you have a process, like the one we give you in this poster entitled 5 Steps to Asking Good Questions.
This colourful and informative poster is printable as an 11x17 file, and is also perfect as a shareable infographic.
It features 5 categories for developing good questions, with exploratory points for each one. You and your students will love it!
Ms. Schaefer leads her 12th grade ELA students through a critical analysis of Atul Gawandes 'The Case of the Red Leg' through careful sequencing of questions.Initial questions ask students to react to the content of the text, forming and justifying their own opinions or perspective. This allows a maximum number of students to access the content and increases participation in the discussion. Questions then address the broader meaning of the text, using students understanding of the content to develop meaning and consider alternative points of view. Finally, questions focus on the style of writing and how stylistic elements contribute to the meaning found in the text.Structuring questions systematically gives students a tool for analyzing literature apart from the classroom so that their analysis is not dependent on teacher facilitation. Explicitly teaching students how to question is just as important as the analysis.
Instructional expert Jim Knight visits Chris Korinek to observe his social science classroom. Chris and Jim discuss scaffolding techniques, and when to use closed versus open questions.
Inquiry in Lower Elementary
In the next part of our series from the Right Question Institute, we hear from two first-grade teachers on how they've created a culture of questioning. This blog takes us through the process of identifying the need, introducing and implementing the techniques, to the specific strategies used, and student reaction to the RQI method. What they've accomplished with their 6-7-year-old students is nothing short of inspiring.
There are some fabulous ideas in this article!
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A short and quirky personality style test created by Adobe to showcase varieties of creativity.
The quiz will outline your creative strengths, untapped potential and your ideal way of contributing. For example "The Artist" has the strength of being able to bring ideas and concepts to life; but untapped is fearlessness in expression and this person make a good producer.
Types are the artist, thinker, adventurer, maker, producer, dreamer, innovator, and visionary. Each type includes a goofy animated character that represents the type, there is a description of each type, and who they work best with.
This would be a great addition to a learner profile, or to explore when examining creativity. We can all be creative - just in different ways. This is a great way to illustrate that and spark some rich discussion in your classroom!
Why Inquiry circles? The more kids learn, the mopre they wonder.
The importance of creativity, the quality of screen time, perfectionism, creativity in the classroom, finding your "tribe", problem solving, and the art of copying are explored. Other resources and contacts are also linked in.
Sheila Kosoff joins fellow teachers, Adam Grumbach, Avram Barlowe and Terry Weber to reflect upon class discussion around a given text and how questioning facilitates a rigorous discussion. Avram talks about the importance of asking open-ended questions that invite multiple interpretations. Terry adds that effective questions sometimes allow students to explore the meaning of different words and notes that Sheila's comments encourage students to consider these multiple meanings. The group discusses how they determine whether or not they let students discover things themselves or draw their attention to specific ideas and consider how effective questioning helps students develop papers because they are better able to engage with the text. Out of this discussion, three components of effective questions are identified: askiing open-ended questions, inviting different interpretations and using questions to focus the debate.
During this activity, students will investigate leech behavior. Students will learn to ask a question about leech behavior that can be investigated.
- Material Type:
- Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
- Provider Set:
- Pedagogy in Action
- Faye Dragich
- Date Added:
Rube Goldberg machines are a fun and innovative way to integrate 21st century skills into your math, science, STEM or design learning class.
Rube Goldberg machines involve using a series of complex steps to do a simple task.
Students first begin reflecting on what 21st century skills they will need to pull this activity off. Then they must make an effective plan as a group before they are able to gather their materials and build. The plan can (and likely should!) change as they work and that is fine. Students should reflect on their 21st century skills daily to give them an opportunity to regroup and refocus as needed.
This is really a fun and valuable activity! This version was done a 7/8 Math class.
Title : rube goldberg photoshop contest (4530), pictures page 1 – pxleyes
Dimension : 1500 x 1230
File Type : JPG/JPEG
Activity- 1. Divide the students into groups. Introduce action plan and materials available for use to create the strongest and tallest structure. 2. Each group has to draw and label a blueprint of their plan/design. 3. Create a rubric with students to evaluate their structures. 4. Fascilitate and ask each group questions – What are you using in your design to create strength and stability.(We used this to create a shadow puppet on the ipads that demonstrated their learning.) Assessment 5. Students will test their structures strength using textbooks. Video tape. (Have textbooks readily available) **While presenting to each group in front of the class. 6. Students collaboratively created a Shadow Puppet, designed a dialogue together, and share their learning about structures. 7. Parents were engaged as we showcased our learning at Student Led Conferences on our Smartboard.
By focusing learning around essential questions, students become more engaged in lessons. This video shows teachers how to engage students and structure learning with essential questions for any grade or subject.
You will find everything you need here to use STEM challenges to introduce and teach your students 21st Century Skills.
Before each activity look at the "What Skills Do I Need?" attachment and discuss what needs to be done. Then show them the specific challenge - plan and do it! After have the kids complete the related reflection. All files below.
Before every challenge - What Skills Do I Need?
Challenge 1 & Self-Management Reflection
Challenge 2 & Effective Participation Reflection (also includes self-management)
Challenge 3 & Creativity Reflection (includes both skills above as well)
Challenge 4 & Enquiry Reflection (includes other 3 skills above as well)
Challenge 5 & Reflection Reflection (includes other 4 skills above)
Challenge 6 & Team Work Reflection (includes all other skills)
21st Century Skills reflection includes all skills
All documents are word files (except one) so you can edit them - if you have a problem with fonts etc, let me know and I can send you the pdf versions. Melissa.Lander@sunwestsd.ca