The Energetic Benefits of Using Open Questions
Open questions have the following characteristics:
All of the above affect the energy in the room. Some questions will raise the energy, i.e. the students' willingness to give answers and share what they are thinking and feeling.
Type of Question and their effects on the students' level of energy:
Open Increases, most of all
Half-open (framed) Increases somewhat
Multi choice Moderately increasing
Yes/no Moderately decreasing
Leading questions Decreases
Statement Decreases, most of all
Handover Could go either way
Here are examples of different types of teacher questions
What is your favourite _____?
What did you learn from the homework?
What are three examples of _____
Where might I find a _____
Which kind of _____ do you prefer: X, Y or Z?
When was the end of (historical event): 1987, 1914, 2014?
Do you like _____ ?
Is 1+2 = 2?
Since you have a _____ , you like _____ , don't you?
If you can ____, you need a _____?
_____ is good for your health.
The President of XXX was born in YYYY?
What more would you like to know about _____ ?
What's the next thing we shall take up in this discussion?
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