Asking Good Discussion Questions

Derek Blackwell, CTL Graduate Fellow, Communication

Monday, March 25 | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Location: Graduate Student Center 305

Summary: Asking questions is a practice used by most instructors in most classrooms; however, asking good questions is a skill that takes both careful planning and lots of practice. This workshop is designed to help cultivate that skill. What makes a good question? The answer depends, in part, on the circumstances. In this workshop, we will discuss some of the many considerations that go into determining how to make the best use of classroom questioning, including timing, class size, types of students, and class goals. We will also talk about some of the many functions a question can serve. We will also spend time thinking about strategies for fielding student responses, including what to do when students do not give the desired response. Ultimately, this workshop is an opportunity to think and work collaboratively with your peers in an effort to identify which questioning strategies will work best for you in your classroom and convert classroom questions from mere ‘filler’ into effective teaching tools.

Counts toward the CTL Teaching Certificate.