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The Best Posts & Articles About Asking Good Questions — Help Me Find More

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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.

You might also be interested in The Best Videos Showing The Importance Of Asking Good 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.

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Here are my choices for The Best Posts & Articles About Asking Questions:

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:

“Are Harder Questions Better Than Easy Questions?” — A New Activity

“The Hook, Curiosity, and the Brain”

More Info On Asking If You Can Achieve Your Goals (Instead of Just Setting Them)

Asking Questions Improves Your Memory

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.

101 Questions is a site created by Dan Meyer which is designed to get people to…ask questions. Check it out.

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.

The Case for Curiosity is by Susan Engel.

Asking Questions—At Four Different Levels
is by Robert Marzano.

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.

The Power of Questions – #ELTchat summary

Revising the questions that shape learning is by Jason Flom.

Rethinking Whole Class Discussion is from Edutopia.

Quote Of The Day: Asking Genuine Questions

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.

I really like This Post Will Make You A More Effective Communicator In 90 Seconds by Shane Snow.

Asking Better Questions: 6 Ways to Improve Classroom Discussions is from ASCD.

For Students, Why the Question is More Important Than the Answer is from MindShift.

Excellent (& I Mean EXCELLENT!) Post On Asking Questions

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.

‘A More Beautiful Question’: An Interview With Warren Berger

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Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.

3 Comments

  1. Hi Larry! Great list! What comes to my mind is the use we make in class of lateral thinking exercises. They get really anxious at first, trying to guess the answer. But after some seconds they start asking questions, and it’s great to see how they get better and better as the minutes pass by. Inevitably, they find the answer, but in the meantime they have grown in their ability to ask better and deeper questions. Perhaps there’s a video showing lateral thinking exercises and the Q&A that follows in YouTube?
    Anyway, keep the posts coming, teachers all around the world thank you for that.
    Regards!
    Enzo (form Argentina)

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  3. Hi Larry,

    Thanks for your fantastic site – find it useful, as a teacher over in England. I have written a blog post on questioning that people seem to have found useful:

    http://huntingenglish.wordpress.com/2012/11/10/questioning-top-ten-strategies/

    Yours,

    Alex Quigley – @huntingenglish

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