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Published on April 29th, 2016



How can I improve questioning in the classroom to help my teachers ask better questions and involve more students?

K-12 teachers can improve their questioning through “A Pedagogy of Questioning” (APOQ). Since 1995, the APOQ workshop has been given throughout the United States.

  • Why we must plan at least some of our questions before the lesson. Studies show that planning about 15 questions–and not just 1-2 thematic or essential questions–creates a big difference in the our students’ success. Planning questions helps teachers create imagined conversations before they begin a lesson with students.
  • How to deal with common behavioral problems. Teachers need strategies to deal with the “I don’t know” student as well as how and when to ask the ‘A’ question to the ‘C’ student.
  • What the best order for asking questions is. There IS an order to effective questioning. Questioning according to the cognitive order of operations is key to effective engagement of the mind. Questioning in a way that does not attend to order can leave “cognitive potholes” that make the road to understanding difficult.
  • How to overcome cognitive roadblocks.Teachers must understand WHY students have difficulty answering certain kinds of questions. For instance, if you don’t know why a student would have trouble answering a ‘summary’ or ‘gist’ question, you don’t be able to improve their thinking through more questions.

The APOQ workshop is available in 1/2 day onsite workshop or via Skype-delivered 2-hour workshops. For larger districts, a train-the-trainer option is available (1.5 days).