Unit One: The purpose of using effective questioning strategies in the classroom


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At the end of unit one, students will understand the need and purpose for using effective questioning strategies in the classroom.


Click on the following link to view the Effective Questioning PowerpointHere, several key points are offered on how teachers can use effective questioning strategies in the classroom. This power point was created by educators and administrators of the Petal School District as a review for teachers interested in improving their classroom questioning skills.(Once you have viewed the power point carefully simply click the back arrow in the left corner to return to this unit.)

Sometimes as educators we forget how often we use questions as a guide for instruction in the classroom with students. However, not all questions are always being used as effectively as they could be. It is important for teachers to consider the making of an effective question and know when and how to use questions with students in the classroom.

On the following website (http://www.glencoe.com/sec/teachingtoday/subject/inquiry_based.phtml), inquiry-based learning techniques are discussed, as well as questioning techniques that support inquiry-based learning. The website also has other links to other parts of the website the further explore the idea of effective questioning and inquiry based learning. I encourage you to do further research on this topic within this website to allow you to have a more in depth understanding of this topic. There is no doubt that questioning in the classroom is a very useful and successful learning tool for the teacher to put to use in the classroom with students.

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Now that you have some background on how teachers can use effective questioning strategies in the classroom, answer the following questions to review what has been learned throughout this unit: (The effective questioning strategy power point and the linked website may be used as a references if needed)

1. List 2-3 elements that go into the teacher asking effective questions and give a description and application for each.

2. What were some of the questioning techniques mentioned in this unit?

3. Identify each part of the "APPLE" acronym and what each part represents.

4. List 2-3 responses teachers should be looking for from students when using effective questioning strategies and give an example of the type of question utilized for each.


After looking through this unit's material it is clear that effective questioning in the classroom provides many benefits. Questioning in the classroom provides a greater desire to learn, helps students to recall prior knowledge, and helps students make meaningful connections when learning new material. If teachers are sure of the different strategies that can be used and how to implement them with the students in the classroom, then there will be a learning environment that encourages students to think and regulate further learning of the topic at hand.

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