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How do I craft better questions that discern what my students do and don’t understand?

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Writing better scaffolded questions is a skill that requires you to pull apart the layers of understanding you want your students to have and craft a question or series of questions that will elicit that information from your students. While many master teachers do not take the time to script out the questions they will ask, it is advisable to do so while you are learning to ask better questions.

Resources:

Using Questions To Check For Understanding

This article outlines the different kinds of questions within a lesson and the basics of using questions to check for understanding

Sample Lesson Plan with Scripted Questions

This lesson plan was created by Grace Chen for her geometry class. This particular lesson plan is inquiry-based and Grace uses questions to guide her students through the lesson, but the same questions work equally well as checks for understanding. Pay careful attention to the order and magnitude of her questions. They are a strong example of good scaffolding.

Using Bloom’s Taxonomy to Write Open & Closed Questions (pg. 44 & 45)

(From Teach For America’s Instructional Planning & Delivery Institute text) This document gives examples of question stems for each level of Bloom’s taxonomy. It is a great tool to help you scaffold your questions and ensure they are reaching the appropriate level of Bloom’s given your desired daily objective.

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February 16, 2008 at 9:22 pm

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