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How do you develop collaborative content questions

Feb 9, 2013 11:36pm

When students work in collaborative groups, what are some ways you help them develop questioning techniques that are directed towards the curriculum? When working on a graphing assignment, I found my 7th grade students did not know how to ask questions about how to set up the graphs. Like were consistent intervals important, or even labeling their graphs, they had no clue. What might you suggest to help students realize they need to ask these questions in their discussions?

  • Math
  • 6-8
  • Collaboration


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    • Feb 18, 2013 4:13pm

      You might try providing a rubric or a list of essential vocabulary that will spark a starting point for questions. Any vocabulary the students don't understand is a prompt for a question. Frequently, when students have missed the point of a lesson entirely, they don't have a frame of reference to ask questions because they literally don't understand anything that has been taught. However, if you can give the students some "clue words" or essential words for understanding the lesson, you have given them a starting place for questions.

      • Feb 19, 2013 8:03pm

        I love the idea of a skit, or pre-teaching one group how to discuss and question, and then having a fish bowl activity where the rest of the class watches the group in action and takes notes on how they started discussion, what they said, and how they responded.

        I'm also wondering if sentence frames might be helpful. You could have them for questioning and for responses.

        • Jun 4, 2013 6:18pm

          Like Richard said, vocabulary is very important. To scaffold that, I would use word walls to refer to and a personal dictionary or a running list of words with definition and/or illustration in their notebooks. If I don't fully understand your query, I am so sorry, but the way I understand what you're asking is how do you get them to engage in rigorous academic talk which includes the asking of questions. So, I would also provide them with sentence starters to ask and/or create a statement. This works well for my students where English is an added language.