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|Posted By: Tami Canterbury on October 7, 2004|
|Great article. I'm going to check into the HOTS program.|
Last year I did some action research in my classroom of 6th graders in a low income school. My research included using "Highly Effective Questioning Techniques" by G. Ivan and Lee Hannel. I felt that if I could get my students to verbalize their understanding of content knowledge then I could eventually get them to put it on paper. These students became so familiar with my questioning that I saw them evolve and start asking others to justify their answer or by just asking "Why do you think that?" It is eerie to be mimicked, yet the learning and expression was taking place. Even my lowest students felt enough at ease to work through the process. I wish I could have had them for a longer period of time to see if the progression would have really worked. I did see a 93% jump in class participation, yet only a slight rise in regular paper and pen assessments. I really feel that most teachers don't get on board because of frustration and time crunch to get through the curriculum. This was an extreme amount of work at the beginning, but became second nature with in a few weeks. I had small classes of 13-15 students and asked about 80 or so questions in a class period. This was not done every day, as I teach science and am very hands-on oriented. Some topics however are more geared to this than others. Wouldn't it be great to have this utilized across the curriculum? Believe it or not, I had less discipline problems in class too because everyone was able to be a part of the conversation of learning.
Tami Caye Canterbury
College Hill Middle School