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A questioning classroom: 13 techniques for teachers

Good questioning is at the heart of great teaching. In this five-part series, Matt Bromley looks at creating a questioning classroom. In part one, he considers 13 questioning techniques, as well as six ways of using closed questions and nine ways to use open questions
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At the heart of every good story is a big question begging to be answered – and the classroom is no different.

Questioning in the classroom is also about curiosity and wonder; educational questions pique learners’ interests and pinpoint gaps in their existing knowledge which ache to be filled.

Indeed, Socrates reportedly claimed that questioning is the only defensible form of teaching.

And so in this five-part series, we will explore ways of placing questions at the heart of lessons to create “a questioning classroom”. Why? Because a questioning classroom leads to:

Creating a questioning classroom is not easy, however. There are several challenges to overcome, including:

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