Pedagogy - questioning


Colleen Young

Rich Questions in Mathematics

  • Colleen posts some useful resources and advice about questioning on her excellent blog.

Synopsis:
Colleen gathers some useful web links to help others explore their questioning styles and explore new ideas.

Author/source:
Colleen describes herself as "Experienced teacher and trainer in Mathematics and IT with a keen interest in how new technologies can deepen the learning experience for students. Member of the TES Secondary Maths Panel."

Notes:
"Ofsted [...] as part of their judgement on the quality of teaching quite rightly include ‘the extent to which teachers’ questioning and use of discussion promote learning’. Research has shown that often teachers’ questions are closed questions which require only lower order thinking skills from students. There are some excellent resources available to help teachers think about the types of questions they can use to support students’ learning."
Colleen's blog continues with links to list many of the websites cited below with some description of what each provides.

What next?
Relevance this has to us:
  • The importance of questioning is stressed in advice from Ofsted (citations), so there's pretty strong advice that we should expect it to make a significant impact on rates of progression.
Collectively:
  • Can we find research evidence that supports effect size measures for changes in questioning? Hattie? Wiliam?
  • Our schemes of learning contain some guidance about suitable questions, but we must embed richer and deeper planning of questions in them over time.
  • Add to this page as we discover more about questioning.
Individually:
  • Maybe we should each give further attention to researching what makes for effective questioning?
  • At least read through the material in the links below.
  • Would questioning be a good monthly mini-project for the AfL Teacher Learning Community project?
    • if you choose to work on this you should record your progress on your QUILT journal
    • let the rest of us know so we can work together to support your progress in this.



Brighton & Hove AfL project

Questions Worth Asking

  • (pdf)

Synopsis:
This booklet is to share some of our work on developing questioning and some of the practical ways teachers have improved their practice [...] it simply collects ideas for teachers to use and adapt as they see fit...

Author/source:
Colleen describes herself as "Experienced teacher and trainer in Mathematics and IT with a keen interest in how new technologies can deepen the learning experience for students. Member of the TES Secondary Maths Panel."

Notes:
"Ofsted [...] as part of their judgement on the quality of teaching quite rightly include ‘the extent to which teachers’ questioning and use of discussion promote learning’. Research has shown that often teachers’ questions are closed questions which require only lower order thinking skills from students. There are some excellent resources available to help teachers think about the types of questions they can use to support students’ learning."
Colleen's blog continues with links to list many of the websites cited below with some description of what each provides.

What next?
Relevance this has to us:
  • The importance of questioning is stressed in advice from Ofsted (citations), so there's pretty strong advice that we should expect it to make a significant impact on rates of progression.
Collectively:
  • Can we find research evidence that supports effect size measures for changes in questioning? Hattie? Wiliam?
  • Our schemes of learning contain some guidance about suitable questions, but we must embed richer and deeper planning of questions in them over time.
  • Add to this page as we discover more about questioning.
Individually:
  • Maybe we should each give further attention to researching what makes for effective questioning?
  • At least read through the material in the links below.
  • Would questioning be a good monthly mini-project for the AfL Teacher Learning Community project?