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Quality Questioning
Research-Based Practice to Engage Every Learner



© 2005 | 192 pages | Corwin

Published in Association with AEL

"Extremely practical in its examples and readability. The authors' style is teacher-friendly. I particularly like the questions for reflection at the end of each chapter and the quotes from teachers in the field."
—Susan Hudson, School Improvement Services
Nashville, TN

"Reading this book gave me an 'a-ha' moment on almost every other page. I have been using inquiry in my classroom for many years, and I even teach a class to other teachers about using questioning, but this book gave me more practical, research-based techniques to enhance the instruction I am giving. I have not seen a book that addresses using questioning so thoroughly, and gives such simple ideas for implementing the ideas."
—Patricia Herr, Elementary School Teacher, Virginia
Author, Inquiry-Based Learning Using Everyday Objects

Use effective questions to advance student thinking, learning, and achievement!

Teachers question their students to advance thinking and learning. But what if they're asking the wrong questions? In Quality Questioning, authors Jackie Walsh and Beth Sattes provide an in-depth look at how quality questions can transform classrooms. Developers of the QUILT framework, Walsh and Sattes show that teachers already know how to ask effective questions, but sometimes find it difficult to change their questioning behaviors. Based on two decades of research on teacher effectiveness, they offer strategies that engage all students in the teacher's questions and prompt students to generate their own questions. In turn, these superior questions will enrich students, their school's learning community, and any instructor's own professional development.

Quality Questioning includes:

  • A complete framework for preparing questions, presenting questions, prompting student responses, processing student responses, teaching students to generate questions, and reflecting on questioning practice
  • Checklists for classroom applications
  • Reproducibles, rubrics, resources, evaluation tools, and more
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
1. How Can Quality Questioning Transform Classrooms?: Questioning to Advance Thinking, Learning, and Achievement
 
2. What Are the Characteristics of Quality Questions?: Formulating Questions That Trigger Thinking
 
3. Who Will Answer?: Engaging ALL Students in Answering Questions
 
4. How Do Students Make Connections?: Prompting to Promote Thinking
 
5. What Is the Purpose of Teacher Feedback?: Bringing Closure OR Extending Student Thinking and Talking
 
6. How Do Students Become More Effective Thinkers and Learners?: Teaching Students to Generate Questions
 
7. How Can a Focus on Effective Questioning Transform Schools?: Enriching Your School's Professional Learning Community
 
8. How Can We Become Better Questioners?: Committing to Continuous Professional Development
 
Glossary
 
Index

“Extremely practical in its examples and in its readability. The authors’ style is very reader friendly. I particularly like the questions for reflection at the end of each chapter and the quotes from teachers in the field.”

Susan Hudson, School Improvement Services
Nashville, TN

"Thinking Through Quality Questioning goes beyond improvement of teacher practice to provide tools teachers can use to support students in becoming active, responsible learners through a reciprocal process of questioning, discussion, and response."

Debbie Brooks, Principal
Cary Woods Elementary School, Auburn, AL

“Reading this book gave me an ‘a-ha’ moment on almost every other page. I have been using inquiry in my classroom for many years, and I even teach a class to other teachers about using questioning, but this book gave me more practical, research-based techniques to enhance the instruction I am giving.  I have not seen a book that addresses using questioning so thoroughly, and gives such simple ideas for implementing the ideas.”

Patricia Herr, Elementary School Teacher, Virginia
Author, Inquiry-Based Learning Using Everyday Objects

"A practical guide to help classroom teachers across America enrich instruction with quality classroom questions. The authors provide good examples of probing questions that will engage the student. I have read and reviewed thousands of NAEP questions, in thirteen years as the governing board's executive director, looking for just such ‘thinking questions’ as are bundled up in this book into a neat package for teachers."

Roy Truby, Former Executive Director of the National Assessment Governing Board

"The skilful use of questioning in a classroom is vital to student engagement and learning. A teacher's use of questions to promote thinking and engagement results in a classroom in which students are involved in deep conceptual learning. The authors fully explore this important topic."

Charlotte Danielson, Educational Consultant
Princeton, NJ
Key features

 

  • A complete guide to using effective questioning in the classroom to build higher-order thinking skills and student achievement.
  • By the designers of the AEL QUILT model, certified as a "validated program" by the U.S. Office of Education.
  • Designed for immediate classroom use, it incorporates theory-into-practice, reproducibles, checklists, rubrics, resources, lecturettes, practitioner voices, and evaluation methods

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