How to Ask Students Good Questions
Here are ten strategies an effective college instructor should use:
- Prepare questions in advance, ones that will promote student learning.
- Don’t be too rigid. Improvise. Adapt to your students’ responses.
- Avoid yes/no questions, especially ones like, “Did everybody understand that?” and the totally useless “Are there any questions?”
- Use technology such as online threaded discussions and clickers.
- Use questioning techniques that engage your students but don’t intimidate or criticize them.
- Use questions to find out what your students know, not ones that embarrass or punish them for what they don’t know.
- Reflect on your questioning after each class. Decide what worked and what didn’t work. Make adjustments for the next class.
- Work on your technique. Questioning is a skill and an art.
- Practice your art. Questioning must be a habit. You need to make good questioning your habit.
- Ask one of the most important questions of all: How am I doing?
The list below is provided courtesy of Adjunct Assistance and is taken from an article entitled How College Faculty Should Ask Their Students Questions.
© 2010 Paul A. Hummel, Ed.D.