What types of answers would these five question inspire?
- What do you think?
- Why do you think that?
- How do you know this?
- Can you tell me more?
- What questions might (do) you still have? (Change DO to MIGHT and you will get many more open responses. Real honest research went into that.)
I used number four with my 4th grade daughter while studying for a test. Sam was a bit stuck with my line of questioning at first but then as I probed a bit more. It was amazing to hear what she was learning just poured out. One simple question and our study session changed into a fun conversation. (I am not saying that a study session isn't fun but if you have school aged kids at home you know what I mean!)
TED - This is where the explosion of WOW happened.
What about using the Gran model of questioning? Watch Sugata Mitra and the experiment he conducted in India. The one twist I think was powerful is how he used this Gran idea of getting kids to think deeper about their own learning, one tiny question asked pushed kids to go deeper. I wasn't too sure how this would work in the real world until I saw my son working with educreations. My wife was asking him some of the questions listed above. The answers Aidan was giving were pretty interesting. After about five minutes I knew his understanding was pretty deep. The Gran model really works! Simple questions to keep Aidan engaged and talking really taught me a lot about questioning.