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Effective classroom questioning strategies

Do you ask the right questions during your lessons? In the right order? Teacher Andy McHugh discusses effective questioning in the secondary school classroom and offers some useful strategies

Earlier in my career, I used to ask all of the wrong questions and when I asked the right ones, I asked them in the wrong order.

The result was predictably bleak. My students still learned, but at times it took far longer than it should have done and, in some cases, very little learning happened at all.

This was down to me (most of the time).

I am sure that most of us have felt guilty for letting our students down when we have taught a lesson that just didn’t do what we wanted it to do. But rather than spend time navel-gazing, it is important that we instead address one of the most fundamental parts of our teaching.

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