Teaching Strategies Handout TS 11
Tips for Improving Your Questioning/Listening Skills
Questions can be delivered.
On a chalkboard.
On chart paper.
On a test or as a journal prompt.
If you want to know if anyone in the room has some knowledge of the topic, address the
question to the entire room of students (oral or written) and have a single student reply.
If you want to know which students have any knowledge of the topic address a
question to the entire room of students (oral or written) and:
Have students write their answers on a piece of paper, slate or journal.
Have those students who think they know raise their hand answer.
Have a small group of students discuss the question and prepare a response as a
Within a single lesson, students should be exposed to questions at various levels.
Questions can be directed to individual students, small groups or whole class.
Questions can be written or oral.
Questioning should include open-ended and closed-ended questions.
Note: Please allow students time to think before they respond to your questions.
Research indicates that three seconds is the minimum time required for students to think
about your questions; this is called wait-time.
What’s one thing about questioning that you will make every effort to
remember and to implement?
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