Good questioning skills are essential for any twenty-first century classroom. Beth Sattes and Jackie Walsh are renowned educational consultants whose research shows that good questions can help students and teachers tap into higher-level thinking skills, and aid students in becoming active, rather than passive learners. They draw from the research of cognitive science, which shows that good questions help students develop more synaptic connections. Using effective questions in the classroom also helps students know how to ask good questions in their own pursuit of knowledge; this inquisitiveness is a skill in high demand in today’s job market.
Good questioning helps teachers and students get to the heart of Common Core standards, and it is a crucial skill in any project- or inquiry-based teaching strategy. Teachers who want to increase their pedagogical know-how, or district leaders who want to encourage higher-order thinking in their staff, will learn how to use good questioning techniques as a means toward this end.
To learn more about this topic, watch the following PD 360 video segment, the first of a four-part interview with Beth Sattes and Jackie Walsh. Use your PD 360 login and password to access the segment. If you do not have a login, you can follow the same link for access.