Teaching Strategy – Asking Questions

8 Mar

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During my class this week I took time to reflect on my own pedagogy. I found I often ask, “Does anyone have any questions?” and get no questions. I got to thinking, does this mean that students probably don’t know or understand enough to ask a question?

So, I thought to myself ask questions that will tell you if there is understanding. Just remember that just because one student gives the answer it does NOT mean anyone else knows the answer.

Ask more than one student to give the answer to the same question…
Tell me more.
Say it in a different way.
How would you say it?
Say it again.
Then ask the question in a different way and check for understanding.

 

Professional Readings

Are we over technology?
Jose Bowen, dean of the Meadows School of the Arts, HAS DECIDED TO THROW ALL TECHNOLOGY OUT of the classroom (shock horror) . His goal? To axe boring PowerPoints from the lives of students and reinvigorate their learning with engaging, human-to-human contact. http://chronicle.com/article/Teach-Naked-Effort-Strips/47398/. This is worth a read and made me think about how I use technology.

NCEA and Student Motivation
I spent time doing some post graduate study in motivation and coaching at UNSW. This piece really grabbed me. I thought this particular quote “We also found that whether or not students believe that their teachers care about them and their learning is related to their motivation to achieve” was worth thinking about. http://www.edgazette.govt.nz/Articles/Article.aspx?ArticleId=7885

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