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Using Effective Questioning Techniques “Instructors will perform with excellence if they employ effective questioning techniques” Bob Powers (1992) Why ask questions? •Check the students’ understanding of key points •Check for mastery of basic concepts •Encourage critical thinking •Stimulate interaction among students, as well as between student and instructor Characteristics of Good Questions n Clearly stated n Common vocabulary n Thought provoking n Properly directed Questioning Techniques n Encourage students to ask questions at any time. n Give adequate consideration to all questions--never evade a question. n Use “APPLE”. n Scatter questions over the entire class. Questioning Techniques n Pose questions within the ability of the student to whom the question is addressed. n Ask questions of the inattentive. n Require students to give complete answers. Questioning Techniques n Do not permit frequent group responses. n Ask open-ended questions n Avoid asking questions that can be answered by guessing. n Use the key words of questioning--how, why, when, where, what, which. Questioning Techniques n Have students speak loudly so that all may hear. n Use correct grammar and terminology. n Keep questions on the subject. n Write questions in your lesson plan. Questioning Techniques n Use spontaneous questions. What other suggestions do you have?
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