If working on better questions seems like another overwhelming task added to your pile, here are some small changes you can try.
Every class period, ask yourself “Did I listen more than I talked?”. Make that a daily goal.
When starting a lesson, ask “What do you notice?”
When finishing a lesson, say “Ask me questions!” as a positive expectation.
When planning a lesson, think about what questions you can ask that will provoke the most disagreement or conversation.
When starting class, use interesting pictures as a bell ringer (check out http://www.101qs.com/) and ask “What’s the first question that comes to mind?” Then ask “What’s the most interesting question you can think of?”
Every time you ask a question to a student, can you think of one more? Can you stretch yourself to ask more questions as a model to your students to ask more questions?
Remember that you are dealing with humans who are not fully formed, but are still humans…ask questions that aren’t about math. Show interest. Build community.
Be a betterT who asks betterQs!