About the Blog & What to Write
About the Blog
One of the things that we as teachers can work on is becoming better questioners. We thought contributing to this blog might make us more intentional, conscientious, and reflective about our questioning practice in our math classrooms.
We also think by writing posts that center around a single question…
that we planned on asking…
that we actually asked…
that a student asked…
that we wish we had asked…
and having us somehow reflect on that single question might help us become better questioners. In each post, we might talk about: why we framed a question in a particular way, what the response to the question was, what we did with the information we received from the question, what we should have done with the information we received from the question, why we thought the question was good, why we thought the question was bad, how we could have better phrased (or delivered) the question, or any other of a myriad things.
Perhaps by having multiple teachers musing on these things, we can start to become better questioners (and maybe have our kids become better questioners also).
And who knows… mayhaps our thoughts might help others on the same journey!
What to Write
This is entirely up to the contributor, as long as it deals with good questioning. We can see it being used as a 180 blog, for example, where a teacher posts a single short post each day. Or a weekly post. Or something more sporadic. Need an idea about what to write?
- You’re planning a lesson and you try to come up with super good question to ask to get kids to think about something. What is that question? Why did you phrase it the way you did? Why do you think it will prompt discussion/thinking?
- You taught a lesson. You asked a question. How did it go? Flop? Success? Muse on why it turned out the way it did. Is there a way to improve the lesson.
- You come up with a question. You realize there is a better way to ask it. You rewrite it. Talk about this.
- A student asked a question that got you twitterpated. What was the question?
- A student asked a question that really got other students thinking. What was the question?
- A student asked a question and you didn’t know how to answer it well. Now class is over. Think about how you could have responded better.
- A student asked a question. What did that question tell you about their thinking?
- You write an awesome test question. Discuss why you think it’s awesome. If you gave it, how did your kids do. Did it elicit what you hoped? Is there a way to improve it?
- You wrote a test question that sucked. Kids didn’t interpret it correctly, or there was something about it that didn’t quite work. Rewrite it.
- You come up with a question. What is the purpose of the question? Who benefits from the question — you or the student(s)?
- You have a great memory and remember a conversation you had with kids, an interesting back and forth. Type out that conversation!
- Anything else that you can think of that will help you think about questioning. Seriously!
There isn’t a format or prescribed type of post. They can be short or long. They can be super reflective or more matter-of-fact. It doesn’t matter — the betterQs blog should be used in whatever way makes sense for the contributor and how they’re thinking about questioning!