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Pedagogy: Questioning how you question…

As a teacher, how often do you consider the questions you pose to your students in class? Martin Matthews discusses questioning techniques, including hinge-point questions and general good practice

The hall was full of teachers sitting around tables that were littered with handouts. The teachers’ faces were lit by the ghostly glow of a projector screen.

Some teachers were listening, some were trying to undertake a spot of sneaky marking and others looked like they had lost the will to live.
At a table on the other side of the hall I could see Barry twiddling his grey moustache dreaming of the INSET day buffet and his holiday caravan on Anglesey.

The speaker was the fourth individual (in a two-and-half-hour straight session) to lecture us on teaching techniques: “And that,” she announced in the dreariest of tones, “is what a hinge-point question is.”

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