3b: Using Questioning - Prompts and Discussion
Questioning Strategies Self-Assessment and Planning
Activities for Involving Students in Discussions
Try these activities in your units and lessons to promote discussions that will include all students. Some activities will work better than others depending on the class and type of lesson. Record when you used the strategies and whether they successfully involved students in discussion. Then reflect on whether you’ll use that activity again or how you will modify it for this or another lesson.
Getting Students to Ask the Questions: Self-Assessment
To help you determine how well you employ discussion techniques, rate yourself on how often you use each point of the following strategies.
Monitoring Participation in Classroom Discussion
Use this template to monitor individual student participation in discussions. The data can help you make instructional decisions about student understanding and next steps for teaching the content.
Integrating Writing into Discussion
A discussion should not rely solely on oral interaction. Writing can be an effective tool for engaging everyone, offering quiet or shy students the opportunity to actively participate and helping focus excessive talkers on another form of expression.
Discussion Rubrics for Online Discussion Boards
When you use blogs as discussion techniques or otherwise post questions or prompts for students to respond in an interactive online community, you can evaluate students’ participation based on the following rubric.