Questioning is one of the most integral characteristics of effective teaching and learning, quite simply as it:

  • drives learning
  • creates a language rich environment
  • reviews learning
  • encourages engagement and motivation
  • develops critical thinking

Rosenshine writes in his Principles of Instruction – ‘Ask a large number of questions and check the responses of all students. Questions help students practice new information and connect new material to their prior learning.’

To improve your questioning strategy and techniques, take a look at some of the great blog posts below.

Or alternatively, please take out one of the books from the CPD library and focus on the chapters below:

  • What does this look like in the classroom –Chapter 7 – Classroom Talk and Questioning – Hendrick and Macpherson
  • Making every lesson count – Chapter 6 – Questioning – Allison and Tharby
  • Teach Like a Champion 2.0 – Chapter 7 – Building ratio through questioning – Doug Lemov
  • Slow Teaching –Chapter 6 – Questioning: Rediscovering the potential – Jamie Thom
  • The Learning RainforestPages 195-208 – Tom Sherrington
  • The Confident Teacher – Chapter 12 – Confident questioning and feedback – Alex Quigley
  • Teach Like a Champion 2.0 –Techniques 11 and 22 No Opt Out andCold Call –Doug Lemov

Also worth checking out these short videos on questioning: