Collaborative Inquiry Project

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Questioning enables teachers to explore students’ thinking while they are learning, so that we can respond to their needs in a timely way. Effective questioning makes students’ thinking visible so that we can find out what they know, and what they still need to learn.

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Segment 1: Effective Questioning
This segment introduces oral questioning as an assessment for learning practice and explores the purposes of oral questioning.
FLV    7:59 min
MP4  121 M
Segment 2: Planning Questions
Effective questions elicit students’ thinking, identify their misconceptions, and scaffold their learning. A three-step process for planning questions is presented.

FLV  10:57 min
MP4  166 M
Segment 3: Questioning – Making Thinking Visible
Teachers implement a variety of questioning strategies to probe students’ thinking, encourage students to elaborate on their responses and create a safe environment in the classroom.

FLV    7:04 min
MP4  107 M
Segment 4: Questioning In Action
Working collaboratively, teachers observe a colleague’s videoed lesson in which he implements a variety of question types, and some of the strategies presented in Segment 3.

FLV  10:31 min
MP4  159 M
Segment 5: Questioning – Engaging Students in the Conversation
This segment focuses on the way teachers ask questions so that students are more fully engaged in classroom discourse – incorporating think time, providing opportunities to rehearse their answers individually or in small groups, and engaging all students in thinking about the answer.

FLV    7:40 min
MP4  116 M
Segment 6: Questioning - What We’ve Learned
Teachers share their experiences – both successes and challenges – as they continue to look for ways to improve oral questioning.
FLV    8:37 min
MP4  131 M