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"I have a question: Why don’t you have this book? It’s filled with amazing ideas that encourage students to ask questions. In doing so, you will spark students’ curiosity and wonder. You will capture their minds and hearts and, I promise, they will learn more."
"Empowered students become leaders of their own learning, resulting in success in school, career, and life. In her latest book, Empowering Students as Questioners, Jackie Walsh provides a formula to empower students through questioning. One of my favorite parts of the book are the actionable steps to help students self-question so they can monitor their progress, deepen their understanding, and discover new ideas and concepts to explore.
"'Student questions are strong levers for learning.' Dr. Jackie Walsh once again successfully reminds educators of the value of using questions for both student growth and sound instructional decision-making during the learning process. Whether through self-questioning, personal reflection, exploratory questioning, or dialogical questioning, the reader will be challenged to contemplate how the process of using think time and other modes of questioning ignites the potential for learning in any classroom for both students and the classroom practitioner."
"Giving students the ability and opportunity to question not only academic content, but also the world they live in, is an invaluable skill that will benefit them throughout their lives. This book provides clear, common-sense strategies that can be embedded in any curriculum to impact learning for ALL students. It will be a vital resource for me as I work with teachers across my campus to improve engagement, instruction, and success for students."
"Dr. Jackie Walsh leaves no stone unturned in her journey to share proven questioning strategies gleaned from years of field experience and partnerships with teachers. She offers readers a unique categorization of student questions that provides a framework and common vocabulary for building a culture of questioning. Not only does this book offer turnkey tools, protocols, and routines for educators to increase questioning practices, it also provides metacognitive processes and reflection guides for student use.
"Empowering students to become skillful and confident in constructing and asking questions is making a positive impact on the overall instructional climate of classrooms across my district. I observe teachers transforming the student role from that of occasional responder to teacher questions to one of actively engaged questioner. This change is resulting from the commitment of classroom teachers and instructional leaders at all levels in our district.
"Rigor occurs when learners have their own thoughts about unique, original, or new content and strategy and when they are engaged enough to persevere. Empowering Students as Questioners provides educators a gateway for designing engaging and rigorous learning experiences for students. Jackie Walsh is masterful at explaining how to use strategies and structures to develop students as questioners who are seeking to become self-regulated learners striving to make meaning of the world around them.
"Dr. Jackie Walsh has written a must-read book for administrators and teachers who are considering best practices to invest in students' ability to excel in their own questioning. Read this book and learn from one of the best."
"Any teacher who seeks to unleash student curiosity should have this book on their shelf, underlined, dog-eared, and full of margin notes. We’ve long known (yet often neglected) the power of curiosity to fuel student learning. The real 'magic' of curiosity happens, of course, when students begin to ask their questions. For many teachers, though, getting students who barely respond to teacher questions to ask their own questions may feel like a bridge too far.
"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!"
"Jackie Walsh invites us to explore the teacher mindframe, 'I am intentional in nurturing students as questioners.' So how can we create classroom cultures that welcome students' impact and authentic questions? Questions are the essence of curiosity and they invite a sense of wonder, which is a great invitation to learning, the beginning of problem-solving, and the best prompt to motivate inquiring and understanding. There is no question, this is the right book to answer this challenge."
"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."