Better teaching: Questioning students

Multiple-choice questions    
Why use multiple-choice questions? From Ian Sheffield
How To Write Good Multiple-Choice Questions Link Just about all you need to know.
Blogpost from
The key to good questionning: essential versus non-essential questions Post from
Why Questions Are More Important Than Answers.
Also includes lots of bad questions.
"the most telling hallmark of a bad question is that it encourages learners to guess what the teacher’s thinking" From
For Students, the Question is More Important Than the Answer Blogpost from mindshift
Questions are critical, and how to manage and navigate a good question requires practice. Blogpost from mindshift
Telling You the Answer Isn’t the Answer

"It’s not their fault, but students often visualize learning as a series of things they can put on flash cards." From Physics professor Rhett Allain at

5 Better Ways For Students To Say ‘I Don’t Know’ In The Classroom
How about allowing them to say "Can I have some more information please?" From Jeff Dunne on
Closed questions and higher order thinking From Daisy Christodoulou. First of a series of related blogposts from Daisy
Top ten questionning strategies Blogpost from Huntingenglish. Excellent and very detailed summary

Aidan Thomas’ master class on wait time

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Pose, Pause, Bounce, Pounce YouTube video from Wiliam Dylan referenced in the link above. 3 mins
Blog post on how to do it properly From Geography teacher John Sayers
Cartoon illustrating the point From TeacherToolkit. Would make a nice poster for gentle reminding.
Praise, Question, Suggestion Link The protocol helps students see the strengths of their work and consider questions and suggestions that will lead to revision and improvement. Vimeo. 2 minutes
Turn and talk, cold call Link Includes a short video on Vimeo.
The "No hands up" rule    
The problem with "hands up" It goes on for quite a while but there's food for thought.
Dylan Wiliam via YouTube.
Did you know that there are different categories of students for 'hands up'? Fun look at this. YouTube 3 mins.
Teach through augmentation Help students realise that Science isn't 'just a bunch of facts'. From Standford News
Give the students a stop watch and let them monitor your talking. You are allowed a maximum of 10 minutes in the entire lesson.
Should teachers talk less in the classroom? One teacher begs to differ. Blog post
Asking questions is always good but ‘Questioning’ as a pillar of pedagogy is more troubling and we fetishise it at our peril. Interesting take on this from learningspy. See also the related links on the bottom