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A questioning classroom: Five practical questioning techniques

In this five-part series, Matt Bromley looks at how we can create a questioning classroom. In part five, he walks us through five practical questioning techniques which you can adopt and adapt for your classroom and teaching
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In this final instalment, I would like to share five practical questioning techniques.


1, Hot-seating

Hot-seating is a role-playing technique commonly used in drama lessons to deepen students’ understanding of characters, historical figures, or concepts. It works by immersing students in the perspective of the subject being studied. It is an engaging way to encourage critical thinking, empathy, and active participation.

Here is how hot-seating works in practice:

Hot-seating prompts students to step into the shoes of the character or concept, fostering empathy and a deeper understanding of their perspectives and motivations. The process also encourages critical thinking as students analyse and synthesise information to respond effectively. After the hot-seating session, facilitate a discussion where students reflect on the experience. Discuss how their understanding of the character or concept evolved and what insights they gained.

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