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How do you help students to practice questioning?

Jan 9, 2013 10:24pm

How do you help students to come up with creative and original research questions for science?

  • Science
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    • Jan 10, 2013 2:11am

      One of my favorite (and most simple) ways to help students practice questioning is to have them think of two kinds of questions: 1) the kind that take you into the text and 2) the kind that take you outside of the text. So "inside" questions focus on making inferences, close-reading, or making sense of a difficult passage. "Outside" questions, then, get students to connect it to bigger ideas. They might connect the text to their personal experience, to something going on in the world, or even connect it to an idea or concept. I like using the simplicity of these two question types knowing that, together, they provide a balanced approach to understanding a text.