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Empowering Students as Questioners
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Empowering Students as Questioners
Skills, Strategies, and Structures to Realize the Potential of Every Learner

First Edition


April 2021 | 168 pages | Corwin
Create environments where students ask questions, not just answer them!

When students become questioners, learning improves for all. Yet, even though research has repeatedly shown that student questioning increases ownership of learning and narrows opportunity gaps, studies show that students ask less than five percent of the questions in classrooms today.

How do you turn this teacher-centric dynamic around? In this book by bestselling author and education expert Jackie Walsh, the author shifts the focus to student-centric learning and how to develop student questioning strategies, including self-questions, academic questions, exploratory questions, and dialogic questions. Other highlights include:

Vignettes of quality questioning in action in various grade-level and content-area classrooms
Examples of how to use questioning to harness the power of formative assessment and create a culture of inquiry
Student questioning models for distance learning

By instilling students with the desire and ability to become better questioners, teachers will see more actively engaged students, more collaboration, and an increase in overall student motivation for learning and achievement.
 
 
LIST OF FIGURES
 
LIST OF VIDEOS
 
FOREWORD
 
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
 
CHAPTER 1. STUDENT QUESTIONING—TRANSFORMING LEARNING FOR ALL
Why Is Student Question-Asking Important? Making the Case

 
Why Should Teachers Incorporate Student Questions Into Their Instruction? Filling a Void

 
What Propels Student Questioners? The Skill, the Will, and the Thrill

 
How Can We Develop Students’ Skill and Will to Ask Questions in Class? About This Book

 
 
CHAPTER 2. TEACHERS AS ACTIVATORS—COMMITTING TO CHANGE, CREATING THE CULTURE
How Can Teachers Motivate Students? Creating the Classroom Culture

 
How Should Teachers Proceed? Setting Explicit Expectations

 
How Can Teachers Transform Learning? A Process to Build Capacity

 
 
CHAPTER 3. SELF-QUESTIONS—MONITORING LEARNING AND MAKING MEANING
Monitoring Learning—Developing Student Capacity to Ask Questions to Self-Regulate

 
Making Meaning—Developing Student Capacity to Ask Self-Questions to Build Understanding

 
 
CHAPTER 4. ACADEMIC QUESTIONS—CLARIFYING AND DEEPENING UNDERSTANDING
Building a Knowledge Base—Developing Student Capacity to Ask Academic Questions

 
 
CHAPTER 5. EXPLORATORY QUESTIONS—EXPRESSING WONDERINGS AND CURIOSITIES
Nurturing Curiosity—Developing Student Capacity to Ask Exploratory Questions

 
 
CHAPTER 6. DIALOGIC QUESTIONS—CLARIFYING AND DEEPENING UNDERSTANDING
Broadening Perspectives—Developing Student Capacity to Ask Dialogic Questions

 
 
CHAPTER 7. THE END IN MIND—INCREASED AGENCY WITHIN AND BEYOND THE CLASSROOM
Beyond Scaffolding—Toward a Holistic Approach

 
Realizing the Potential—In School and Beyond

 
 
REFERENCES
 
INDEX

"Empowering Students as Questioners is the perfect balance of theory and practice. After making a powerful case for the why, Jackie Walsh provides structures and tools for equipping teachers to bring out the inquisitive nature and curiosity that exists within their students. If you have a desire to empower students to engage in meaningful inquiry, reflection, analysis, and discourse, then this is the book for you!"

Jamie Parris, Director of High School Teaching and Learning
Hamilton County Schools, TN

"Asking the right question at the right time is one of the most powerful skills t acquire. It's a nuanced art that can always be refined and augmented.  Whether you are a beginning teacher or a veteran, this book is just what you need to grow your students' confidence and competence as questioners in the classroom. Regardless of the grade or subject matter you teach, Jackie Walsh has written this book for you. She combines practical advice and accessible research to encourage thoughtful questioning that engages learners and adds energy to your classroom."

Sarah Brown Wessling, NBCT 2010 National Teacher of the Year
Johnston High School, IA
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