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3b: Questioning and discussion techniques

Questioning and discussion techniques deepen student understanding and logical reasoning skills and bring all students into the learning. This set of resources supports teachers in developing their practice in this component.

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Through this two-part professional learning activity, participants will analyze the criteria for high-quality text-dependent questions and apply learning by crafting text-dependent questions. Participants will also identify various discussion techniques for specific text-dependent questions, as well as identify how to assess student learning using ...

Through this two-part professional learning activity, participants will analyze the criteria for high-quality text-dependent questions and apply learning by crafting text-dependent questions. Participants will also identify various discussion techniques for specific text-dependent questions, as well as identify how to assess student learning using ...

Through this two-part professional learning activity, participants will analyze the criteria for high-quality text-dependent questions and apply learning by crafting text-dependent questions. Participants will also identify various discussion techniques for specific text-dependent questions, as well as identify how to assess student learning using ...

Through engaging in this two-part professional learning activity, participants will select one discussion resource or strategy and incorporate it into an upcoming lesson or series of lessons. Participants will also create a plan to have student-driven discussions in their classroom using one specific discussion strategy.

Through engaging in this two-part professional learning activity, participants will examine how this discussion technique can increase critical thinking and student independence in classroom discussions, as well as identify strategies to implement Socratic Seminars in their classrooms. Participants will also draft a plan to integrate a Socratic Sem...

This video and supporting materials demonstrate how a 12th-grade English teacher increased his students’ engagement in Socratic Seminar discussions.

Through engaging in this two-part professional learning activity, participants will explain how student-generated questions can enhance classroom discussions. Participants will identify next steps to implement student-generated questions to enhance classroom discussion. Participants will also create a plan to successfully integrate the Question For...

In this two-part professional learning activity, participants will learn a framework for supporting students in accessing complex texts through multiple close readings. They will use this tool to think about the types of readings students engage with and to ensure questions are open-ended and text-dependent.