Tag Archives: questioning

What’s the starting point for all learning?

“No question is so difficult to answer as that to which the answer is obvious.” George Bernard Shaw UPDATED 7th February 6.30pm This morning in answer to a question about whether children

Questions about questioning: just how important is it?

“He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.” Nietzsche It’s a little tiresome, but I feel I must preface this by saying that these are just my

A model lesson? Part 1: routines vs gimmicks

It’s been a busy week this week. What with starting at a new school, getting up before 5 to drive two hours on Monday morning, living an Alan Partridge-esque existence in a particularly

Developing oracy: it’s talkin’ time!

Talk is the sea upon which all else floats ~ James Britton, Language and Learning, 1970 Students spend a lot of talking, don’t they? Everyone can speak, so why would we want to waste valuable

How effective learning hinges on good questioning

Hands up who likes asking questions? Questioning is an essential part of helping students to make progress but only if it causes thinking or elicits evidence that informs our teaching. And the

Questions every teacher should ask every day

I’ve just read David Warlick’s blog post on Transformative Questions and am feeling pretty excited about it. In it he challenges teachers to “create a culture of learners that thrive in the 21st