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8 Strategies To Help Students Ask Great Questions

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Educators as Lead Learners

Educators as Lead Learners | Questioning-One of the most important thinking skills we can teach | Scoop.it
I have discussed educators as model learners before: The educator's role has or should change in this age of information abundance or Education 2.0-3.0. The educator's role has always been to model...

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If we want to build expert learners...we need to take the time to model this ourselves.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, February 15, 2015 3:17 PM

Has your role as a teacher shifted? Do you model being a learner with your learners? This post by Jackie Gerstein shares why it is important that the educator "needs to understand and be able to articulate and demonstrate the process of learning, him or herself."

How can you go about doing this. Gerstein recommends that "educators pick something new to learn and practice doing the following: (below quoted from the post)

  1. Explicitly state and record the metacognitive process while learning.
  2. Demonstrate and articulate the actual steps of learning.
  3. Record the stages of artifact development.
  4. Understand and embrace the iterative process of learning.
  5. Use and demonstrate the self-evaluative reflection process.

Gerstein then discusses each of these five steps/procedures/strategies, providing links to additional resources as well as one additional visual as well as a video that looks at how the learning process is iterative (and may provide you with an idea you would like to do with your class).

SMARTERTEACHER's curator insight, February 19, 2015 11:34 AM

The "Sage on the Stage" model must give way to the "Guide on the Side". Concurrently the teacher must model the learners mentality of facilitator of learning.

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Crafting Questions That Drive Projects

Crafting Questions That Drive Projects | Questioning-One of the most important thinking skills we can teach | Scoop.it

"Not only does project based learning motivate students because it is an authentic use of technology, it facilitates active learning, critical thinking, collaboration, and creativity. Projects begin with a driving question–an open-ended question that sets the stage for the project by creating interest and curiosity."


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Grabbing their attention in the beginning with great questions will give them the stamina to grapple with the inquiry process later.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, October 10, 2014 10:32 PM

This post by Tony Vincent provides an in-depth look at how to craft driving questions that promote project based learning. It begins with a discussion of why you would choose to use driving questions and then turns to projects and shares what he believes makes a good project, one that will make a "dent" in the world.

Additional areas explored include:

* What comes first,the driving question or the learning goals?

* Who writes the question?

* The many types of driving questions (and the list includes seven categories) as well as resources that will help you craft a driving question.

* Refining the question

* Outcomes

* Branching questions

There are quite a few examples of driving questions provided as well as links to some additional resources.

If you are planning on having project based learning a component of your classroom this post provides great foundational material to help you create a great driving question.

Linda Ashida's curator insight, October 11, 2014 10:20 AM

This is a great post.  Key ideas to use driving questions, tap into student passion and inspire meaningful learning.

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A Great Poster on The 6 Questions Critical Thinker Asks ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Great Poster on The 6 Questions Critical Thinker Asks ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Questioning-One of the most important thinking skills we can teach | Scoop.it
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21st C learners need to skilled at asking the right questions

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Deeper Learning: What Is It & Why Is It So Effective?

Deeper Learning: What Is It & Why Is It So Effective? | Questioning-One of the most important thinking skills we can teach | Scoop.it
You can't search for something you've already found, can you? In the case of deeper learning, it appears we've been doing just that: aiming in the dark a

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, March 10, 2015 7:21 AM

Deeper Learning. Is this something new? This post explores deeper learning, sharing what it is, and what it is not. Two definitions of the term will make it clear that deeper learning is a goal of educators, but one that may not be reached.

There is an in-depth discussion of deeper learning followed by suggestions on how to put deeper learning into your practice. Five principles are shared.

1. The three competencies - cognitive, intrapersonal and interpersonal

2. Test format - learning study strategies that allow students to learn the difference between surface learning and deep learning, which requires that they be "cognitively active learning behaviors" (as opposed to "cognitively passive learning behaviors)

3. Predicting and retrieving

4. Source diversity

5. Curriculum wide adoption

Additional information is found for all the principles in the post. Click through to learn more.

Joe Boutte's curator insight, March 23, 2015 8:35 PM

Expeditionary learning!

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25 Things Skilled Learners Do Differently - InformED

25 Things Skilled Learners Do Differently - InformED | Questioning-One of the most important thinking skills we can teach | Scoop.it
Imagine for a moment that all human beings had the same IQ, but that some of us knew how to tap into it better than others. How would we approach educati

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It's all about teaching the Growth Mindset!  We really need to encourage students to do more of the question asking and thinking!

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, October 10, 2014 9:32 PM

What habits and strategies to skilled learners have that other learners may be missing? And can others learn them? The answer to the second question is yes, that can be learned through practice. As to the first question, some of the habits and strategies are below, but you will need to click through to the post to find the rest of them.

1. Skill learners think about their own learning.

2. Skilled learners ask more questions.

3. Skilled learners make mistakes work for them, not against them.

4. Skilled learners use previous learning to help promote new learning.

5. Skilled learners share what they've learned.

Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, October 13, 2014 3:49 PM

Great article! I'm sharing it with my students in a success seminar. 

Ness Crouch's curator insight, June 30, 2015 10:14 PM

Very interesting article. Great way to think about learning.

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Encouraging Students to Question

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Elementary school Principal Peter DeWitt writes about students' social and emotional health, and how educators can help young people find common ground. He can be found at www.petermdewitt.com.

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