Questions for answers

Questions for Answers.

I’ve been writing a new conference on effective teacher-pupil interactions in the classroom and wanted to share one concrete technique on my Blog: Questions for Answers.

The idea is a simple one and it’s interesting because it inverts the typical transactional norm of the Primary classroom. Instead of asking pupils to answer questions we ask them to generate questions! It’s a technique I’ve regularly seen used in maths sessions (The number is 50. What are the questions?) but I’ve rarely seen it used across the curriculum.

Taking history as an example, a lesson could begin with the following written on a Whiteboard:

Here are today’s answers:

Old Kingdom

What are the answers?

Groups of pupils are given selections of books on the subject (In this instance ‘Ancient Egypt’) and, hey presto, we have a superb activity for assessing (by stealth) pupils’ information retrieval skills. Coincidentally it raises the cognitive bar!

A simple idea but a fantastic way of differentiating a session in any area of the curriculum! I’d be very keen to hear from teachers using this technique or others of a similar ilk!


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