There are lots of ways of asking questions. Previously I’ve written about:
Probing Questions: http://headguruteacher.com/2013/01/22/great-lessons-1-probing-questions/
And there are lots of great posts out there about questioning, like this from Alex Quigley:http://www.huntingenglish.com/2012/11/10/questioning-top-ten-strategies/
It’s a natural, sensible tendency for teachers to want to spread questions around a class, involving as many students as possible, keeping them all interested, listening to each other and thinking about the question in hand. However, recently, I’ve been trying to explore what happens when you focus more intensively on just one student to probe more deeply into a set of ideas. This approach is based on the idea of dialogic teaching that colleagues at KEGS have explored in recent years.
Two issues of Learning Lessons are well worth reading: