Wednesday, May 2, 2012

[Higher Order Thinking] questions to ask when teaching

This year one of my goals has been to really get my littles to dig into the instruction I give and take out of it every.single.thing they can.
One way to do this is by asking them very specific questions that lead them into a higher level of thinking and reasoning.
I have to admit that I was stuck on asking the same, "WHY?" and "WHAT ELSE?" questions until one of my math endorsement teachers gave us a list of H.O.T. questions he had compiled from a state sponsored workshop.
I formatted the questions to fit address labels, printed them, and have them handy with my instructional materials so when I hear myself slip back to the same.old.questioning.techniques, I pull these out and use one or two off the list.
Some are best used over the course of instruction.
Others are best used when students are "stuck" - either with understanding or computation.

Ideally, I'd have them on cardstock, laminated, hole punched, and on a ring, but that hasn't happened yet.
Remember my friends laziness and procrastination?
Yep, been hanging out with them again.  :)

Anyway.  The image is linked to the pdf file - set to print on address labels.
2 sheets.  80 questions or so.
Give it a try if you're looking for a way to increase student learning/reasoning/discussion.
Let me know how it works for you.

And now, I really must get ready for school.
I'd rather crawl back into bed. . .

9 comments:

  1. What a great idea. Thanks for sharing this.

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    1. Don't use too many of these questions with your kids, my friend, or they'll start saying to you what my family says to me! "STOP teachering me!!" lol.

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  2. I also have so much material waiting to be laminated. We seem to have the same two friends :-)
    Anyway, thanks a lot!
    These are great!

    Greetings,
    Steph

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    1. I need to kick these friends out of my house, lol.

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  3. I love this! Thanks for sharing!

    I am your newest follower, I hope you will check out my blog!
    Dana
    www.funin1stgrade.blogspot.com

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    1. I'll be by to check out your blog tonight! I love finding new friends! :)

      Welcome to My Little Classity Class!

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  4. What a great resource! Thanks for sharing.

    Elizabeth

    Fun in Room 4B

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  5. Thanks again! I'll print them tomorrow:)
    Jackie

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