How do we become better at asking questions?
The focus on questioning is at the heart of all thinking tools and strategies and for us at Glenmoor and Winton, it is the key to great teaching and learning. We adopted a ‘no hands up’ approach 3 years ago inspired by the work of Dylan Williams (link to youtube clips). The rationale for this was:
- No opt out for students
- Greater differentiation of questioning
- Make teachers think about the questions they ask
- Improve attention levels
- Diagnose misconceptions
Our approach to ‘no hands up’ allowed us to explore a range of questioning strategies such as PPBP (Williams.D); mini whiteboards; 50:50; and Think-Pair-Share.
We have also worked hard on a number of explicit tools used to generate questions – teacher or student – to explore greater range of questioning and cover multiple aspects of Bloom/Anderson