Effective Questioning: The Thinking Classroom

"A true discussion is more like a game f soccer than of ping-pong or tennis." (Walsh and Sattes)


"Effective Questioning: Towards a Thinking Classroom" (online/embedded PPT) does the following:

  • Models effective questions
  • Gives basic principles of effective questioning
  • Lists 20 reasons why questions are important in a class
  • Outlines what a "question classroom" looks, sounds, and feels like
  • Presents the questioning differences among a teacher-centered, a student-centered, and an inquiry-community centered class
  • Outlines different types of questions ("closed convergent," "open divergent," "skinny simple," "fat complex")
  • Offers several matrices for extending questions
  • Outlines best practices for responding to questions