Best Practice

Asking probing, high-quality questions in the classroom

Questioning is the cornerstone of great teaching. Tom Sherrington looks at the key elements to good, probing questioning

When I first started writing my Teacherhead blog, a few years ago, I wanted to explore the idea of what “great teaching” might look like.

I often use the idea of teaching being “great” as an alternative to the hubristic hyperbole of “outstanding” (forever tarnished by associations with meeting external inspection demands) or the functional dryness of “effective” or merely “good”.

An early series of 10 posts was called Great Lessons. When I jotted down the list of features of what I see in great lessons, I was mentally surveying all the fabulous teachers I’ve known, imagining them in action and thinking about what they were doing.

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