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Are You Asking Your Students The Right Questions? Do You Want to Apply Effective Questioning Techniques?

Are You Asking Your Students The Right Questions? Do You Want to Apply Effective Questioning Techniques?

Studies have shown that teachers ask up to 120 questions per hour or 400 questions per day, spending up to 50% of their time asking questions . One of the main problems is that a lot of those questions do not challenge students’ cognitive abilities or critical thinking. This is why it is important to understand how to select the most effective questions and to skillfully apply questioning techniques. Here are some important tips.


Tip (1): Consider your question type: Plan your question sequences from simple to complex, closed to open, or basic to difficult. Closed questions require short factual answers, i.e., there is only one correct answer. Open questions, on the other hand, require a longer answer and encourage students to explain their ideas and to give their opinions. There is not one correct answer, and their ideas may be different from yours. Avoid closed questions as much as you can.

Tip (2): Phrase Each Question Correctly: Ensure that your questions are 1) focused, 2) concise and 3)precise. Do not ask too complex questions and avoid leading questions, that provide the learners with a clear assumption of what the correct answer is expected. Example: Rain is useful for crops; don’t you think so?

Tip (3): Watch your body language and tone: It’s Not Just What You Say but more about ‘how’ you pose the question, i.e., remember the significant impact of body language, proximity, and tone.

Do You Have Misbehaving Students in Your Classroom? Do You Find it Challenging? Here Are Some Productive Discipline Approaches.

Do You Have Misbehaving Students in Your Classroom? Do You Find it Challenging? Here Are Some Productive Discipline Approaches.

To keep a school physically safe, we need more than walls built around the classroom and locks on the doors. Those things keep bad people out, but we also must ensure that people in the school do not harm each other. Teachers mustn't hurt students. We will talk about a practice used by some teachers that is very harmful and has long-term impacts on students' wellbeing and safety. Corporal punishment, such as spanking or hitting students, is not an effective way to manage behavior and can have detrimental effects on a child's wellbeing. It can lead to fear, mistrust, and a hostile learning environment, which is counterproductive to education goals. Fortunately, there are alternative strategies that can help maintain discipline in the classroom and encourage positive behavior without resorting to physical punishment. Here are some practical approaches for teachers to consider:

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