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Cultivating a questioning culture: Inspiring student engagement and participation

Questioning is at the heart of teaching. In the first of three articles, Michael Chiles looks at how we can build a questioning culture in the classroom and offers practical strategies to inspire student engagement and participation
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Questions are the heartbeat of our classrooms – stimulating thought, promoting retention, and demonstrating understanding.

Questions are a powerful tool that teachers can use to unlock knowledge, move understanding from surface to deeper levels, and generate curiosity.

However, fostering a culture where students actively want to answer questions can be challenging and there are many barriers that can lead to a lag between asking a question and receiving an answer.

In some cases, the answer might not arrive because the barrier is too much for some students to overcome. In this article, we will explore the importance of building a questioning culture and provide practical strategies to inspire student engagement and participation.

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