Questioning Students

I read a series of articles all relating to creativity in the classroom and student involvement/questioning. I think that it is important for teachers to remember that school is supposed to benefit the student and help them become leaders and learners.

Warren Berger’s article serves to explain why we need to be teaching students to question. I was the annoying student in school with my hand in the air constantly because I wanted to know more or had a question. There were many times when my fellow students and the teacher would give up and ignore my questions becauses there wasn’t enough time or energy to give to more instruction. Berger agrees that students aren’t getting the opportunity to question in classes because teachers aren’t allowing for extra time and there is no teaching or encouraging of questions in class

This next article focused on how many different factors led to educational competency. Student questioning fit into several catagories, including strategic skill and individual excellence. While used as hiring factors at major companies including Microsoft, these can also be applied to the classroom. It is important to remember that there are many factors and points relating to the success of our students.

Doug Johnson examines ways to increase creativity in the classroom. He focuses on the teacher’s initiative to promote creativity, saying that creativity is a mind set that needs to be cultivated. I would agree with him. Creativity cannot just be expected, it needs to be nurtured. By creating a classroom that promotes creativity in assignments, students are able to freely examine what they like and how they like to learn. This creates a classroom of autonomous learners who will be able to work independently and together on assignments.

Kath Murdock examines how inquiry teachers learn, plan, and teach. Inquiry teaching allows her to talk less, listen more, and create a classroom that has student imput and examination. It is important to incorperate this type of teaching stratagy into the classroom, however I still believe that there needs to be structure in place. Inquiry teaching allows for students to question and think critically, which is imporant to their learning needs and development.

Tina Barseghain examines the three trends that will define the future of teaching. These are collaboration, technology, and blending. She uses these three to explain the future of teaching and learning because they are more focused on the people involved, the students and the teachers. Collaboration allows teachers to work together and gain more resources. Technology allows teachers to access more than their district can provide and allows students to access material and information from around the world. Blending combines traditional learning with computer learning. These all are meant to provide students and teachers with a stronger connection to learning and allow them to grow and discover.

I think that it is important to have students grow and question. Questioning can create wonderful lasting discussion topics as well as help students learn and understand. Various forms of technology can help teachers and students to develop stronger questioning techniques as well as connections. What forms of technology do you use to connect? How can these be helpful in the classroom?


3 thoughts on “Questioning Students

  1. I totally agree with your first part on questioning. Teachers are a lot of times focused on getting through their lesson plan more than they are worried about an environment where students are able to ask questions and maybe stop the lesson to have a discussion. I was definitely guilty of this during pre-student teaching. When I first started I was so focused on getting through the lesson that I rushed through everything entirely too quickly and did not give students a chance to ask questions or when they did, I hoped for a correct answer and if not, just gave them the answer. Neither approach was a good way to teach. I learned (and still am learning) to allow students to answer questions. If no one asks, I would sometimes ask a question to the class. If someone got an answer wrong, I would ask why they got to that answer and give someone else a chance to answer. I think questions are important and should be a larger focus for many teachers (myself included) in the classroom.

  2. I agree with what you said about Doug Johnson and his ideas about creativity in the classroom. As discussed in the class class, I think it is important for students to be creative in their work and not be scared to do things their way. Too many times you see students seeing the first presentation and everyone else then doing the same thing. This is why i think it is important to allow students to feel comfortable with their own way of work, and to make sure they are using their own ideas.

  3. Questioning is indeed important to the learning process and should be encouraged at all times. Personally, in your example, I do not see you as a nagging, “annoying” student…I would encourage such in my classroom. My thoughts are if students do not understand Day One material, what is the sense of going onto Day Two’s?

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