Asking the right questions is an essential part of effective teaching and learning. A reader recently asked me if I had a specific “The Best…” list on the topic, so I thought it would be a good idea to bring together several of my related posts and other articles together.
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Here are my choices for The Best Posts & Articles About Asking Questions:
Asking Effective Questions is from the Ontario Education Ministry.
To Have the Most Impact, Ask the Right Questions is from The Harvard Business Review.
Questions from the French Bac in Philosophy is by Grant Wiggins.
I hope readers will offer additional suggestions.
Are we asking the right questions? is from The Boston Globe.
Making Thinking Visible is from John Hopkins University.
Several Ways To Teach Critical Thinking Skills is one of my Education Week columns.
Here are a few of my past posts on the topic:
More Info On Asking If You Can Achieve Your Goals (Instead of Just Setting Them)
163 Questions to Write or Talk About is from The New York Times Learning Network.
6th Grade Student Reflections useful questions at a 6th grade graduation.
Three Steps for Improving Teacher Questions is from Edutopia.
Connect Extend Challenge is from Visible Thinking.
Question Formulation Technique is from Facing History and Ourselves.
Teaching Students to Ask Their Own Questions is from The Harvard Education Letter.
The Right Question Institute has many resources.
A math quote I love is from Epsilon Delta.
For Students, Why the Question is More Important Than the Answer is from Mind Shift.
What’s the most important question you should be asking? is from Barking Up The Wrong Tree.
Any Questions? is a good post from Dan Meyer, with even better comments.
On genuine vs. bogus inquiry – using EQs properly is from Grant Wiggins.
Andrew Sobel, on the power of asking questions is from Smart Blog on Leadership.
Design Thinking For Students: The Question Formulation Technique is from The ASIDE blog.
Agree or disagree? is by Alfie Kohn.
Make Sure Your Questions Are “Juicy” is from Annie Murphy Paul.
Learners Should Be Developing Their Own Essential Questions is by Jackie Gerstein.
Revising the questions that shape learning is by Jason Flom.
Rethinking Whole Class Discussion is from Edutopia.
Questions is by David Wees.
The One Conversational Tool That Will Make You Better At Absolutely Everything is from Fast Company.
5 Powerful Questions Teachers Can Ask Students is from Edutopia.
Great Questions is an excellent site from Story Corps.
For Students, Why the Question is More Important Than the Answer is from MindShift.
— Mark Kolkman (@mkolkman) November 24, 2013
— Karen Kusiak (@k_kusiak) February 3, 2014
Welcome To Question Day 2014 has a lot of useful resources.
Asking Questions is from The British Council.
The Importance of Asking Questions to Promote Higher-Order Competencies is a very good post by Maurice Elias (who has often contributed to my Ed Week column) over at Edutopia.
The AMBQ (A More Beautiful Question) playlist—50+ “question” songs was developed by Warren Berger.
— Kelley Kolpitcke (@Kelley123063) August 3, 2014
5 Ways to Help Your Students Become Better Questioners is a nice piece by Warren Berger that appeared in Edutopia.
Encouraging student questioning is by Warren Berger.
This is a list of “Core Routines” from Visible Thinking.
The ASCD Express newsletter’s theme this month was on asking questions, and it’s very good.
— Myla Lee (@MyTLee3) January 16, 2015
Einstein’s 55 Minutes is from ASCD.
Four Types of Questions That Increase Rigor is from The Marzano Center.
— Ashley Hurley (@ashleyhhurley) March 20, 2015
8 Strategies To Help Students Ask Great Questions is from Teach Thought.
Grant Wiggins shared on Twitter an exceptional older post by UK educator/blogger Alex Quigley. It’s titled Questioning – Top Ten Strategies and, as you’ll see, it has to be one of the best and most practical list of recommendations out there. I suspect that many educators, including me, are going to be referring to it often.
How to Ask Better Questions is from Fast Company.
— Ekuwah Moses (@ekuwah) July 20, 2015
Let’s Switch Questioning Around is a nice article by Cris Tovani. Here’s an excerpt from it:
10 Questioning Strategies to Differentiate Instruction is from Minds in Bloom.
— Bodo Heiliger (@BodoHeiliger) October 15, 2015
Effective Questioning is by Shaun Allison.
Lincoln, Power, and the Question Formulation Technique (QFT) is from Right Question.
Asking questions is from the British Council.
Why Ask Why? 17 Different Types of Questions to Ask. is from The Innovative Educator.
How to Plan For and Use Quality Questions is from Middleweb.
Students Learn from Inquiry, Not Interrogation is from Middleweb.
— Carl Hendrick (@C_Hendrick) February 18, 2017
— Carl Hendrick (@C_Hendrick) February 18, 2017
Elon Musk on the 1 Creative Skill Every Founder Needs Now is from Inc. The second part of the article makes some very interesting points about asking good questions and links to some useful similar articles. I think excerpts would be good for the classroom.
To Become a Better Problem-Solver, Try Thinking Like a Toddler is from New York Magazine.
INCLUSIVE QUESTIONING is by ALEX QUIGLEY
A Pedagogy of Questioning is from the Independent Thinking Blog.
Generating Effective Questions is by Todd Finley.
Question Charts is from the On The Same Page blog. I think it’s an interesting idea, and I’m pondering various kinds of adaptations.
Questions as Invitations, Not Inquisitions is from Russ On Reading.
Why This/Not That? A thinking routine to move kids from identification to analysis appeared in Moving Writers.
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