Before Christmas I wrote about teacher responsiveness and differentiation – here. Since then I have been considering the importance of responsive questioning, of how we respond to the unpredictable – and sometimes downright bizarre! – verbal feedback we receive from our students. Once again, this is about our on-the-spot agility, our knowledge of our students and our subject expertise. We are actors in a forever unscripted play; planning can only get us so far.
It is helpful to consider the purpose of questioning in the classroom before we begin. It often seems a vague area. Is it to check learning