Thursday, September 11, 2014

Blog Post #4

What do we need to know about asking questions to be an effective teacher?

Teacher asking closed ended questions

As teachers we need to be able to ask questions that will stimulate the minds of our students. Ben Johnson addresses this very important issue in his blog, The Right Way to Ask Questions in the Classroom. Johnson states that teachers should ask their class a question then pause for three to five seconds and randomly select a student for the answer. Asking questions this way creates an illusion to students that they will be selected for the answer which stimulates them to be prepared to answer the question.

A teacher calling on a student for an answer.
Another way teacher can be more effective is to ask open-ended questions instead of close-ended questions. Jeanne Chesley effectively demonstrates the difference between the two in her video, Asking better questions in the classroom. Asking open-ended questions allows students to think critically about an issue which will allow student's answers to be more complex. I feel that if teachers pair Ben Johnson's theory with Jeanne Chesley's theory teachers will begin to ask better questions which will engage more students.  
Students actively answering questions


  1. I like how you used multiple images. The way you explained how effective questions can be. Good job!