05 Jan 2014

I can see clearly now….

Edssential article from @shaun_allison : I thought I would write this post in the spirit of #nurture1314 – starting with a confession! I used to be a bit of an OFSTED chaser – there’s a lot of it about. By that, I mean I used to spend a great deal of time distributing checklists,...
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06 Oct 2013

DO THEY UNDERSTAND THIS WELL ENOUGH TO MOVE ON? INTRODUCING HINGE QUESTIONS

Edssential article from @HFletcherWood: What happens when you use hinge questions to check student understanding? What is a hinge question? A check for understanding at a ‘hinge-point’ in a lesson, so-called because of two inter-linked meanings: 1) It is the point where you move...
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11 Sep 2013

11. How can questioning unlock learning?

Edssential article from @joe__kirby : According to Robert Marzano’s book, Classroom Instruction that Works, 80 percent of what is considered instruction involves asking questions. The TES suggests that teachers ask thousands of questions each year. Used well, questions can...
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09 Aug 2013

A question of planning and waiting

Edssential article from @yogspiers : If a football manager gives an incredible speech at half-time and his team still go on to lose was the speech a waste of time? Was the speech not really very good?   I pose these questions as I have been pondering one of the key findings from...
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02 Aug 2013

Should we use questions to teach? – Part 2

Edssential article from @Kris_Boulton : Yesterday I kicked off a lengthy post on questioning.  Today I conclude it. What we have up to now is an amorphous outpouring of thoughts on questions; time to put some structure on it.  What if we say that questions can be either open or...
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02 Aug 2013

Should we use questions to teach? – Part 1

Edssential article from @Kris_Boulton: I had intended this to be a three part series, however while trying to write the final post today, I realised I had left out an extremely important piece of the puzzle.  In the first post I talked about ‘understanding’, in the seco...
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21 Jul 2013

Making the best use of exam questions

Edssential article from @york_science : I have written before about Diagnostic Questions. A good diagnostic question can reveal a lot about a student’s thinking. Many of the questions we have written for the York Science Project have drawn on research evidence to provide the...
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14 Jul 2013

Deep Questioning

Edssential article from @shaun_allison : We are fortunate to have many excellent teachers at Durrington High School.  The 15 minute forum this week was led by one of our longest serving teachers – Sue Wolstenholme.  Sue is a fantastic English teacher and was recently singled out...
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01 Jul 2013

‘Question Time’ and Asking ‘Why’

Edssential article from @HuntingEnglish : No, this post isn’t a dissection of David Dimbleby’s negotiation of a bent table full of politicking talking heads. I’m sorry if you came looking for political debates! My post is an exploration of one of the simplest, but most...
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01 Jul 2013

The Big Idea – Questioning

Edssential article from @shaun_allison : Never one to miss an opportunity to share good ideas, at an INSET day last week staff were asked to write down one successful strategy they have used to develop questioning.  This article is a summary of their responses. Why questioning?...
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