Never ask pupils a question to which they have not already been told the answer, unless they know enough that answering the question requires them only inching forwards.
Years ago I wrote on questions and questioning, a seemingly important aspect of teaching. For anyone interested, here:
Which is really all to say that despite the irreverence, three years on and the question of questions hasn’t disappeared.
At this point, I would say they are a vitally important part of teaching. During my training I was told that they were a vitally important part of teaching. So where did it all go wrong? Our understanding of the role of questions is flawed.
Consider the following two views:
1 – “Never ask pupils a question to which they have not already been told the answer.”
2 – “Use questions…
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