Unit 2 - Whole class dialogue and effective questioning

From OER in Education


We are now starting a new unit. The unit’s focus is whole class dialogue and effective questioning. It covers:

  • creating a supportive environment for dialogue;
  • introducing cumulative talk – creating a story together;
  • promoting and managing whole class discussion;
  • types and examples of effective questions to ask in class, and
  • how to engage students in activity at the blackboard.

At the end of this unit, we consider how to communicate with other teachers at the school, with parents, head teachers, as well as officials who might seek to assess your new teaching practices. It also includes some material to support school leaders in providing a conducive learning environment for their staff.

In terms of ICTs, this unit introduces GeoGebra and collaborative writing. You should continue practising your other ICT skills, including typing, and making use of images.

2.3 - More on questioning
In this session you will learn about:
  • further techniques for questioning and handling responses
  • common mistakes made when asking questions in the classroom
  • how to increase pupil participation for answering questions
To meet the learning intentions you will:
  • practise effective questioning and handling responses
  • role-play a question and answer session with common questioning mistakes to highlight how ineffective some commonly employed questioning strategies can be
  • recognise and plan to use a range of effective strategies to increase pupil participation for answering questions
The ICT components you will focus on are
  • Using Etherpad to make shared notes
  • Planning a lesson with Geogebra

Classroom based activities (with your students, after this session):

  • try another lesson with Geogebra.