Using Questions to Drive Learning and Encourage Higher-Order Thinking

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Asking questions as a method of teaching is as old as...well...Socrates! Interested in using questioning as a method of teaching? The Socratic Method is worth studying. It is widely recognized as one of the key strategies to help students develop critical thinking skills.

Or, let students ask their own questions! This approach is often referred to as "inquiry-based learning," and can be very powerful if the teacher has a good grasp of standards and is careful to structure the learning experience so that students are supported as they navigate such a complex task.

Whatever your purpose, questions are an integral part of teaching, and it all comes down to asking the right questions.


Check out this page for some suggestions that will help you leverage the power of effective questioning in your classroom!


Here's a set of question templates, broken down by level of Bloom's Taxonomy, that can help you get started:


Along the same lines, check out these Bloom's Question Starters

R.W. Paul's Six Types of Socratic Questions: http://www.umich.edu/~elements/probsolv/strategy/cthinking.htm

Edutopia's Resources and Downloads for Teaching Critical Thinking: http://www.edutopia.org/stw-kipp-critical-thinking-resources-downloads

Kath Murdoch's Inquiry Based Learning Resources (free downloads): http://kathmurdoch.com.au/index.php?id=3

Here's a Question Creation Chart graphic organizer that will help students craft better questions!

Padlet: Make a collaborative question (and answer) wall: http://padlet.com/