What if a Student Asks a Question I Can't Answer?
Answering Difficult Student Questions
Students view professors as experts and authority figures.
Because of this, when a student asks a difficult question in class and you don’t know the answer, it’s easy to feel flustered, embarrassed and anxious.
- Should you stumble through your response?
- Ramble off on a tangent?
- Make something up on the spot?
There’s no need for any of that.
Develop a reliable teaching technique strategy for fielding students’ questions without losing your cool or undermining your credibility.
In this Magna 20-Minute Mentor, the presenter outlines an effective method for managing these difficult moments.
This teaching strategies seminar will help you:
- Consider the negative implications of certain strategies
- Overcome reluctance to ask students if they have questions
- Cite research on the importance of encouraging students to ask questions
- Say “I don’t know” in a variety of appropriate ways
- Identify better response alternatives
In What if a Student Asks a Question I Can't Answer?, you will learn how to:
- Employ an effective three-step method for handling difficult questions
- Identify responses that work well for you…and others that miss the mark
- Modify strategies for the “research it yourself” approach
- Use clarification and acknowledgement in dealing with tough questions
- Increase your confidence and credibility in the classroom
- Make class preparation more manageable
- Recognize the pros and cons of your current response repertoire
Supplemental materials include:
- Examples of different classroom situations in various academic disciplines to illustrate a range of teaching applications
- A suggested framework of Response Do’s and Don’ts
- Questions for Further Discussion
- A list of Recommended Resources
Order What if a Student Asks a Question I Can't Answer? now and learn to develop a reliable strategy for fielding students’ questions without losing your cool or undermining your credibility.
Product Code: PM10AA