Developing Good Questions

Element 10B.2: Engages students in developing good questions based on analysis of sources  

Why is this important?
Research is clear that students are more motivated to answer questions that they have generated. After all, the true measure of being a self-directed learner is to be interested enough in the world to wonder and then have the knowledge, skills and wherewithal to be able to answer. In order to take advantage of this motivation, we have to make sure that students ask good questions -- questions worth answering. The goal is getting students to develop good questions and then to use their own questions to guide their learning.

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See it in action:

Sample lesson plan:

  • You at the Zoo - third grade lesson in comparing and contrasting information from multiple sources from PBS Learning Media
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NOTE: This strategy is closely connected to Addressing Authentic Problems and to supporting inquiry-based learning. 

After exploring this high impact strategy:

1. What are your most important takeaways?

2. In what ways do you anticipate this will impact or shift your practice?

3. What questions do you have at this point?