Alex Quigley, subject Leader of English & Assistant Head at Huntington Secondary School, rightly calls questioning the ‘bread and butter of great teaching’ something I have forgotten at times over the years, sometime when I have planned a lesson for an observation. There was often too much focus on producing the flashy resource or constructing active learning tasks when I should have spent more time thinking about the questions I was going to ask the students. As I now reflect back on my teaching career I can see that my most effective lessons have invariably involved good questioning that probed and explored the students’ thinking without a care for whether the lesson plan contained 3 parts, a starter or a plenary.
I have several reasons for writing the following blog: Firstly, I want to bring together all the good ideas I have read about in blogs and books recently, such as Doug Lemov’s Teach Like a Champion (cheesy title but great book!); Secondly, I want to explore the part that