VIII. Modes of Questioning
Teaching Artistry is made manifest whenever the TA displays the ability to pose a useful question at the appropriate time.
Closed Questions are limited in scope. Here the student is expected to recall and respond with a single word or a specific piece of information. In this realm, power stays with the questioner.
Open Questions have a wider scope. Here the student is expected to reflect and respond with more than a single word. In this realm, power is shared.
Questions, whether open or closed, are grappled with in the mind, but can be posed verbally, physically, or through a combination of words and activities.
The number of questions available to the Teaching Artist is infinite as grains of sand, but the available modes of questioning may be reduced to three:
There are questions that help us see the facts. This is the sphere of memory and comprehension.
There are questions that help us see where things converge or diverge. This is the sphere of analysis and application.
There are questions that help us draw conclusions. This is the sphere of synthesis and evaluation.
For the Teaching Artist who discovers how and when to pose questions, teaching is transformed into a learning experience; a reciprocal and collaborative process where surprise is possible.
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Question and Answer
This post continues a look at Teaching Artistry that has a beginning, but no end. Today, the topic is questions, which is terrific because I always seem to have more than my share.