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Two of three Ways to Ask Better Questions
In the blog three ways to ask better questions Maryellen Weimer,a teaching professional gave ways to ask better questions in the classroom.
Prepare Questions: Maryellen Weimer said that she never prepared questions to ask her students while in the classroom. Maryellen said she would just ask them. Maryellen would ask questions that students could not understand and when she found blank stares on their face she would reword her questions. It’s obvious that Maryellen did not think about her questions before she posed them or else students would have given her some type of response. What do we need to know about asking questions to be an effective teacher? Thoughtful questions require students to think about what is being asked. It challenges them to think outside of the box and come up with a response that may be different from their classmate. When preparing questions it is important to pose questions that relate to the lecture or the assignment. If a question is posed and it does not relate to the lecture students will take advantage and get off topic and who knows how long that will go on. I found the article by Bill Welty interesting because it gives the teacher the opportunity to be creative with questions and examine when, where, and how to ask the question
Preserve Good Questions: Maryellen Weimer says that it is okay to save good questions. Sometimes students offer ideas or questions that the teacher may not have thought of asking. If a student asked me a good question I would write down that question and ponder on it. I would probably do research on it as well. As a future educator, I believe that there is nothing wrong with research even if we have knowledge of that subject. The world is constantly growing and things are constantly changing, which leads to why teachers should preserve questions. Maryellen said that eventually students may start asking better questions themselves, including the ones we can’t answer. What significance does this have? Hopefully students will go research the questions that we cannot answer. Allowing students the opportunity to research what we can't answer will have them eager to learn more and wanting to ask more questions.