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Quality Questioning

Quality Questioning
Research-Based Practice to Engage Every Learner

Second Edition

A Joint Publication of McREL International, Foreword by John Hattie

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December 2016 | 264 pages | Corwin

Realize the potential of quality questioning for student thinking and learning

Jackie Walsh and Beth Sattes present quality questioning as a process that begins with the preparation of questions to engage all students in thinking and culminates in the facilitation of dialogue that takes learning deeper. This new edition of the bestseller organizes questioning practices around the 6Ps framework, composed of Prepare and Present the Question, Prompt Student Thinking, Process Student Responses, Polish Questioning Practices, and Partner with Students. It extends and expands on timeless principles while adding significant new research-based practices and insights derived from the authors’ own learning with and from classroom teachers. Designed for immediate classroom use, this guide includes:

  • Graphics, tools, and strategies to develop student skills and create a classroom culture that nurtures thinking and learning
  • QR codes that link to more than twenty new videos depicting students and teachers from elementary through high school
  • Tools and strategies to support teacher engagement in personal reflection, classroom observations, and collaborative dialogue that improve personal practice

This exciting new book demonstrates how to seamlessly integrate effective questioning strategies into daily practice, thereby energizing teaching and learning. 

"Questions are the most important tool in a teacher’s toolbox. Walsh and Sattes teach us how to sharpen those tools and use the right ones to maximize learning. They understand that questioning isn’t interrogation, but rather frames dialogic instruction. You can see this come to life in the videos throughout this book! Quality Questioning belongs on every thoughtful educator’s bookshelf."
—Nancy Frey, Professor, Department of Educational Leadership
San Diego State University, CA

"If you’re ready to shift your purpose for questioning from answer-getting to provoking higher-order thinking, this book is a must-read. Never again will you take questioning for granted."
—Connie Hamilton, EdS, Curriculum Director
Saranac (Michigan) Community Schools

"Reading this book is like chatting with an amazing professional friend and mentor. It’s a joy to read, to ponder, and to use as a constant resource.
—Susan Hudson, Educational Consultant and Former Exemplary Educator
Tennessee Department of Education

"A must-read for all teachers who continually strive to improve their practice to better impact student learning."
—Betsy Rogers, EdD, 2003 National Teacher of the Year & Associate Professor and Department Chair, Curriculum and Instruction
Samford University, Birmingham, AL
List of “Partner With Students” Features
List of Videos
About the Authors
Introduction: Sources of Renewal
Chapter 1. Setting the Stage: What Is Quality Questioning?
Chapter 2. Prepare the Question: What Are the Distinguishing Features of Quality Questions?
Chapter 3. Present the Question: How Can Teachers Engage All Students in Thinking and Responding?
Chapter 4. Prompt Student Thinking: How Can Teachers Assist Students in Making Connections?
Chapter 5. Process Responses: How Can Teachers Use Feedback to Deepen Student Thinking and Learning?
Chapter 6. Polish Questioning Practices: How Can Ongoing Reflection and Dialogue About Classroom Questioning Improve Teaching and Learning?
Appendix: Response Structures to Engage Learners in Thinking and Responding


"In the second edition of Quality Questioning: Research-Based Practice to Engage Every Learner, Walsh and Sattes again present in a clear and concise manner the critical skill of classroom questioning. In this new edition, the authors emphasize the importance of partnering with students to enable learners to understand the what and why of questioning practices. The addition of video models to each chapter further engages the reader and is a wonderful supplement for pre-service and novice teachers. This book is a must-read for all teachers who continually strive to improve their practice to better impact student learning."

Betsy Rogers, 2003 National Teacher of the Year, Associate Professor and Department Chair of Curriculum and Instruction
Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama

"Quality questioning is about teacher intentionality in translating expectations into action. The second edition of Quality Questioning provides the structures and progression to make quality questioning happen. As an added bonus, it provides videos of the process to illustrate the nuances that unfold in a live classroom and get behind the thinking of the students and teachers who are using quality questioning practices. The goal of education is to create thinkers. This book, in particular the 6Ps Framework, is an absolute road map for educators to be able to succeed in this mission. If we focus on integrating the 6th P, Partner With Students, into our work, we will do more than support increased student achievement and mastery of content. We will develop thinkers who can create and innovate on their own beyond the classroom. This is the highest order of education.
What I love about the authors is their understanding that success in impacting student learning is fluid, but mastery is an ongoing process. They have not rested on the success of the first edition of
Quality Questioning, but provide the next generation of educators and learners the tools to attain mastery through the process of Quality Questioning. Make no mistake, this is a process, and mastery is possible. The authors have given us the guide. "

Dr. Jimmy Shaw, Jr., Asst. Superintendent of Instruction
Florence (Alabama) City Schools

"Jackie Walsh and Beth Sattes have done it again! Quality Questioning, Second Edition guides educators through the 6Ps Framework and provides practical strategies to apply to classroom teaching. The special features in this edition allow educators to deepen their understanding of questioning. The power of this book is that it is well-researched and clearly written and empowers teachers to transform their classrooms into the intellectually engaging and invigorating havens that all students deserve."

Cristina Solis, Dean of Academics
Southside High School, Southside Independent School District

"Posing questions that stimulate a student’s desire to learn and grow and nurturing student curiosity to pose questions requires a sea change in school and classroom cultures. The 6Ps Framework provides a map for teachers who want to undertake this journey, from preparing thought-provoking questions through presenting them with interest in student responses to the essential partnering with students. Special features in the second edition, including QR codes linked to videotaped classroom examples and 'Partner with Students' suggestions embedded throughout, provide educators with tangible methods for incorporating the 6Ps Framework into planning and classroom instruction. The research-based strategies, useful and practical processes, and insightful tips included in Quality Questioning supply structures for propelling student thinking through quality questioning."

Connie Thomson, Education Specialist of Mathematics, Science, and Parent-Family Engagement
Northeastern Nevada Regional Professional Development Program

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