💭 Let’s imagine you are in your classroom in front of your students. You ask them this:
“How was your winter vacation?” Most of the students responded with a “Fine” or “Okay”.
You follow it up with “What happened? I want to hear more.”
And Voila! You open the window to their minds!
Open-ended questions are one of the most effective learning tools that teachers can use in the classroom. These questions help you bring the class together and encourage discussions. They are also a great way to highlight that there are some things that do not have a right or wrong answer.
For you, they act like a window. Such questions help in understanding your students’ views on things and getting an idea of their existing knowledge levels on the different topics. Hence, you will be able to plan your lessons efficiently by using the right examples, words and language and ensure a rich learning experience.
These questions also foster critical thinking, problem solving, self-expression, and creativity. Answering open-ended questions helps students accumulate their thoughts better and boost their confidence and analytical strength. They allow students to pause, think and reflect, hone their sense of judgement.
So, how about you trying some interesting open-ended questions in your classroom the next time? Do let us know how it went!
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Q: What are some tips for questioning students while learning in the classroom?
Ans: A lot in the classroom depends on the questioning of the teacher. Here are some tips that you can use while asking questions to your students: