Good teachers know that an effective classroom is a place of dialogue. Effective questioning is the key to good dialogue, creating classrooms that are responsive, active, resourceful, democratic.
This revision of a classic teacher resource will help teachers understand why questions are so important to teaching and learning. It examines why we are often insecure as questioners and why students are often left out of the questioning process. It suggests simple ways to find the questions teachers need to ask to acquire information, build understanding, and generate reflection. It offers models, techniques, and activities that promote better questioning by both teachers and students.
The book observes that thinking, feeling, and empathy are the essential components of a classroom that respects and encourages questions. It illustrates numerous ways to ask the right questions at the right moment, within the give-and-take of classroom talk and activity. An ideal resource for teachers at any level, the book is full of lively examples and practical exercises that allow for a variety of entry points based on the interests and needs of the classroom.
The first edition of this groundbreaking book earned international recognition in both K–12 schools and at faculties of education. A well-thumbed companion for classroom teachers, it has also long=served as and authentic introduction to the reality of classrooms for students in teacher-training programs.