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Barak Rosenshine asserts that the most effective teachers ask pupils to explain the process they used to answer the question, to explain how the answer was found. Strategies such as this are one way to build a questioning culture.  However, not all questions asked by teachers may be effective, lead to action, or to a correct response. Therefore, for teachers, question design is crucial.

This staff meeting starter encourages staff to consider the impact of the questions they ask their pupils.

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Premium subscribers can access our training module ‘Embedding formative assessment’ which explains a range of questioning techniques such as hinge questions, cold calling and ‘think, pair, share’. Remember to look at the video chapters to select the exact point in the video that the questioning techniques begin.

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