Use the 4-part Q-Time strategy including bouncing questions to structure effective questioning sessions.
The art of good questioning is critical to achieving outstanding progress within lessons.
One suggested approach to high quality questioning is ‘Q’ Time Questioning. Focussing on a clear inclusive structure to questioning, this approach ensures all learners are challenged and questioning has a focus on open-ended questions rather than closed questions.
1- Question: Pose the question
2- Quiet: Give thinking time
3- Quiz: Ask for answers using the ‘bouncing’ technique
4- Query: Ask students to expand on the initial answers also using the ‘bouncing’ technique
When questioning students remember to consider the following:
• When I ask the question will all students be challenged to think?
• Do the questions allow for discussion to explore the learning and understanding?
• Have I avoided short, single word answers (these are often closed questions)?
• Have I avoided giving the answer?
• Have I avoided answers being dominated by a small proportion of the class?
• From your questioning will you need to adapt the remainder of the lesson?