What questions will guide my work?
Learn to uncover your authentic guiding questions.
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I Can Statements
- Ask questions to clarify and understand topics, texts, or tasks, explore my own ideas, and solve problems
- Describe the difference between “thick” and “thin” questions or categorize questions using another method such as Bloom’s Taxonomy or Costa’s Questioning Levels
I will know my questions are of high quality when they:
- Clarify and extend my understanding of a text, topic, or task
- Explore my own ideas
- Help me to solve problems
Suggestions for Assessing Student Readiness to Move Forward:
- Confer with students, asking them to share their questions about their topic, a specific text or problem, or their work, and explain how the questions deepen their understanding.
- Ask students to self-evaluate their work after completing one of the activities below.
Break down students reluctance to ask questions by sharing articles (like those below) about how adult professionals struggle with asking questions too, but recognize its importance.
Show students how to create a question web using mind mapping or using a simple on-line tool
Students can use Bloom’s question stems to create questions. Have students create questions at each level and then compare the type of answers. How are the levels of questions different? How does the question impact the quality of the analysis? (http://goo.gl/Kc3V4B)
The Importance of Asking Questions
- “Relearning the Art of Asking Questions” from Harvard Business Review: https://goo.gl/r6Iz2o
- “Are we asking the right questions?” from The Boston Globe: https://goo.gl/u5eeYx
- “How To Get Anything You Want By Asking Better Questions” from Forbes: http://goo.gl/VCfxyt
Additional Question Stems