"Questions are at the heart of learning." (Asking questions…
"Questions are at the heart of learning."
Tools and strategies
Use provocations to generate questions as a way to tune students into the unit of inquiry.
Link questions about subject areas to concepts to strengthen the meaning and understanding of the concept.
Develop questions about the central idea and make links to the underlying concepts.
Use the "Question Sort Routine from Project Zero to help refine questions and to identify generative questions for inquiry.
Use the "parking lot" strategy to record spontaneous questions about the unit of inquiry.
Ask "What makes you say that?" to uncover connections between emerging questions and the inquiry,
Give students time and space to think, reflect and pose questions so as to send the message that their thinking and ideas are valued.
Have the confidence to deviate from planned learning engagements to explore student questions and thereby value their contributions and increase their motivation for learning.
Asking questions is at the core of inquiry-based learning.
Inquiry arises from questions of significance the challenge ideas, move thinking and motivate students to learn more.
The ability to ask good questions is the basis for action, innovation and forward momentum.
Teacher questions serve as a model for students to formulate and ask their own questions.
Developing a culture of questions
Ask lots of questions.
Never stop asking questions.
Ask different questions.
Become confident and unafraid to ask questions.
Develop a shared mindset that values the asking of questions.
Teachers model asking questions.
Asking questions connects to multiple aspects of the PYP:
developing self-efficacy and learner agency
developing a mindset of inquiry
reinforcing the learner profile
taking action to extend student learning
consolidating conceptual level understanding
supporting students to assess the learning and set goals for what they need and/or want to learn
developing metalinguistic skills by comparing and contrasting different language codes
promoting leadership as students gain confidence and develop agency
creating a comfortable and respectful learning environment where learners feel safe to take risks
Asking questions is central to each and every one of the six teacher capabilities!!