The Questioning Challenge


Have you ever thought about the questions that you ask each day?

In many cases, the questions might be coming on the fly. So, how do you know if they are any good?

You probably ask dozens, if not hundreds of questions a day, but do students have the opportunity to ask questions?


Today, I am asking each of you to take part in a challenge.

Examine your own questioning.


For a whole day, keep track of the questions that you ask, and record data surrounding them. You can have students help keep track.

Tally the number of questions you ask.

  • How many are higher order thinking questions?
  • How many questions do you ask of boys versus girls?
  • Left versus right side of classroom?
  • Front versus back of classroom?
  • How much wait time do you provide after a question?
  • How many questions do students ask throughout the day?


Examining the questions that you ask can help you to improve questioning in your classroom.

After looking at your own questioning practices, tell us what you learned during the process. Write a blog post. Share a tweet at hashtag #4OCF. Post in the comments section below. Let us know how examining your questions will change how you ask questions in the classroom.

How can we improve questioning in the classroom?


Rich (@RACzyz)

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