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What Kinds of Questions Encourage Student Interaction?

What Kinds of Questions Encourage Student Interaction?

Changing how you use questions requires a few simple tweaks to your approach and not a major overhaul of your teaching methods. Learn the subtle things you can do to make your questions more powerful and your classroom interactions with students more fruitful.

You don’t have to subscribe to the Socratic method to appreciate the value of a question in higher education.

We ask them in assignments. We ask them on exams. We ask them during class.

Everyone does it. Not everyone does it well. At least not all the time.

Yet we also know that when you ask better questions, you get better answers.

And there’s the rub. To ask better questions in the first place, we have to know what kinds of questions to ask and when to ask them.

Once you figure that out, you’ll notice something else that’s pretty fascinating. When you ask better questions of your students, your students will start to ask better questions of you.

Changing how you use questions requires a few simple tweaks to your approach and not a major overhaul of your teaching methods.

You can learn the subtle things you can do to make your questions more powerful and your classroom interactions with students more fruitful in What Kinds of Questions Encourage Student Interaction?, a Magna 20-Minute Mentor with Maryellen Weimer.

Weimer is a seasoned instructor and the editor of The Teaching Professor newsletter and blog.

She has studied the research and tested it with her own students to determine how to ask the kinds of questions that get students talking in ways that advance their learning.

In this 20-minute video, she will share her insights and strategies that you can start using right away.

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