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Posted By: Jackie Walsh on August 20, 2004
I concur with Olson and Clough. Questioning is a dynamic, interactive process that requires teachers to engage in: (1) thoughtful preparation of pivotal questions to engage students in meanginful and authentic consideration of relevant content; (2)real-time active listening, processing, and thoughtful reaction to student responses; and (3)judicious use of an arsenal of related tools--including cooperative response formats, wait times 1 &2, probing, appropriate feedback, facilitation of student questions, etc. The establishment of a classroom culture that supports quality questioning is requisite to the ultimate goal if increased student engagement and learning.
Over the past 15 years, Beth Sattes and I--colleages at AEL, Charleston, WV--have worked with thousands of teachers to improve questioning through a professional development process known as Questioning and Understanding to Improve Learning and Thinking (QUILT). The QUILT Framework organizes research on classroom questioning processes with a focus on teaching students how to become better questioners and thinkers (http://www.ael.org). We share the results of this work in a book, Quality Questioning: Research-Based Strategies to Improve Achievement of All Students (Corwin, in press).
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