Next February, this blog will be celebrating its ten-year anniversary! Leading up to it, I’m re-starting a series I tried to do in the past called “A Look Back.” Each week, I’ll be re-posting a few of my favorite posts from the past ten years.
Five Questions That Will Improve Your Teaching was the headline of a guest column I wrote for Education Week in 2011.
I think readers might find it useful to read the entire piece.
To give you a sense of it, though, here are the five questions I highlight in it:
“Will what I am about to do or say bring me closer to the person with whom I am communicating—or will it push me further away?”
“Is what I am doing (or about to do) going to connect to the student’s self-interest?”
“Who’s doing the work?”
“Is what I’m doing connected to higher-order thinking?”
“Am I using ‘whole-class processing’ strategies?”