#TMC15 Better Questions: Ours/Our Students'

Better Questions: Ours/Our Students'
Rachel Kernodle

Friday 2:45-3:45
Claremont, CA

Do you have an intentional way of getting better at questioning in the heat of the moment?

It's hard to keep yourself accountable to asking good questions in the middle of a lesson when there is so much to accomplish.

It's hard to ask questions that YOU don't know the answer to.

It's hard to practice good questioning. There is no other forum like the classroom.

Resource: The Art of Questioning in Math Class, Gardner http://teachers.henrico.k12.va.us/math/Newsletter/The_Art_Of_Questioning.pdf

Using Questioning to Stimulate Mathematical Thinking

Kate Nowak's magical incantation: "Would you explain your understanding of their solution?"

Ashli Black's What's the Question https://mythagon.wordpress.com/2011/07/24/whats-the-question

Which One Doesn't Belong?

Create a culture of inquiry by writing good questions on the board.

"Learning is having new questions to ask. What new questions do you have?" -Christopher Danielson

Question Formulation Technique (QFT)
Give students time to talk about why the rules will be hard to follow.
Don't give students examples of questions. We want to cast an open net, we aren't looking for mimicry.
Change open-ended questions to closed and vice versa so students can see the power of their phrasing.
Don't put value on students questions with your reactions. Instead say "Thank you."

My #1TMCThing is commiting to no longer saying "Any Questions?" when I get done teaching and instead saying "Ask me questions!" as an expectations rather than a question. Or like above, "What new questions do you have?"

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