- Deepen Learning Through Questioning
Used effectively, questioning can be one of the best ways to engage learners, stimulate their curiosity, deepen their thinking, clarify their ideas, stir their imagination, and create an incentive to act more thoughtfully and judiciously. It can also give in-the-moment feedback about the misconceptions, as well as correct interpretations, students are forming. Unfortunately though, the most common form of questioning – Initiate/Respond/Evaluate – generally engages only students who are self-assured rather than everyone in the class. We have many, much more effective questioning strategies that we are happy to share (and demonstrate with your students if you would like us to).
Connected terms: Classroom discussion .82; Philosophy in schools .53; Piagetian levels 1.28; Questioning .49; Scaffolding .58; Strategy monitoring .58
- Guide Students to Connect & Explore
When students link ideas, concepts, skills, and theories together, they can form a more complete understanding of the world around them. This facilitates the move from surface to deep learning. If these connections also reach across disciplines, then transferability is enhanced. In boosting this type of engagement, students improve effort, persistence, attention & focus, asking questions, and participation. We can show you how to place these qualities at the heart of lessons through classroom discussion, exploratory talk, effective questioning, and transfer strategies.
Connected terms: Classroom discussion .82; Collaborative learning .39; Cooperative learning .45; Critical thinking .49; Jigsaw method 1.20; Questioning .49; Scaffolding .58; Self-regulation strategies .54; Teacher clarity .84; Transfer strategies .86
- Build Lessons Around Student Interests & Curiosity
As the old saying goes, some teachers teach the curriculum; others teach their students; but perhaps this is a false dichotomy. It is possible to do both if care is given to collecting students’ questions before a topic is taught and then matching their curiosity to the curriculum intentions. Further student voice activities enhance additional, holistic outcomes. The strategies we have developed to achieve these aims will also help to improve your students’ self-regulation, their confidence in approaching challenging tasks, choosing to go beyond curriculum requirements, putting more effort into mastering new knowledge and skills, and deliberate use of different learning strategies.
Connected terms: Constructivist teaching .64; Curiosity .90; Flipped classrooms .57; Goal commitment .40; Perceived task value .46; Teacher-student relationships .47
- Experiment, Examine, & Play
Experimenting should be a central practice of learning. It encourages trial & error, creates time to learn from mistakes, and values discovery and design. Too often though, students feel a pressure to complete tasks in a prescribed and efficient manner. To help ease this pressure – and increase motivation and engagement for learning – we have created a set of instructional strategies and learning sequences that will help your students achieve a balance between playful exploration and completion of curriculum tasks.
Connected terms: Attitude towards content domains .45; Concentration-persistence-engagement .53; Creativity .58; Deliberate practice .79; Effort Management .77; Planning and prediction .76; Questioning .49; Teacher-student relationships .47