Teacher Tip | 50 Questions to Ask Your Students For Continued Success
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We recently read a great list of 50 Questions To Ask Your Kids Instead of Asking ‘How Was Your Day?’ on Her View From Home and it got us thinking. As teachers, we’re always encouraging our students to ask questions, but are we asking them enough questions? Asking the right questions can help students reflect on their work and teaches you what they’re responding to so you can teach them more effectively. So, inspired by Her View From Home, we’ve compiled a list of 50 questions to ask your students for continued success.

10 Questions For Difficult Behaviour

Teacher Tip | 50 Questions to Ask Your Students

  1. What has prompted this behaviour?
  2. Why are you responding this way?
  3. What would make you calm down?
  4. Has something upset you?
  5. Has something I did upset you?
  6. Do you feel that you are being fair to the rest of the class?
  7. Do you need to speak to me about anything?
  8. Do you need some time to calm down?
  9. Can we resolve this issue by talking about it?
  10. Can you think of a better way to express your feelings?

10 Questions For Self Reflection

  1. What have you excelled at today?
  2. What interested you about this topic?
  3. What have you struggled with in class?
  4. How could you approach this problem differently?
  5. Did you do anything differently when you excelled and when you struggled?
  6. Will it help to talk to the other students about something you are struggling with?
  7. Do you think trying more techniques or reading more on the subject may help you to understand it?
  8. Do you think that you are struggling more because you are feeling frustrated?
  9. Did you ask for help when you were struggling?
  10. What do you need to complete this activity successfully?

10 Questions to Help You Teach More Effectively

  1. What did you learn today?
  2. What was your favourite activity today?
  3. Why did you enjoy this activity?
  4. What activity did you find difficult today?
  5. Would you have understood better if I spent more time explaining?
  6. Would you have understood better if you had more time to practice?
  7. Would you have understood better if you had more time to discuss it as a class?
  8. Did you have enough time to ask questions?
  9. What would you like me to include more of in class?
  10. Did you feel we worked at a good pace today or was it too fast/slow for you?

10 Questions to Build Your Classroom Community

  1. Who is setting an example of good behaviour?
  2. Who is doing well with this activity?
  3. Who had a good idea in your group?
  4. Is there somebody who could help you with this activity?
  5. Is there somebody who you’ve not worked with in a while who you could work with now?
  6. Is there anybody who you haven’t played with in a while who you could invite to play?
  7. Do you think anybody needs a little extra niceness today?
  8. Do you think you can help somebody who is struggling with this activity?
  9. What did you do well as a class today?
  10. How can you support each other more next time?

 10 Questions to Help You Know Your Students

  1. What is your favourite subject?
  2. What do you like to do outside school?
  3. Who are your friends in class?
  4. Do you have friends from other schools?
  5. Who do you live with?
  6. Do you have any pets?
  7. Who do you eat lunch with?
  8. What other teachers do you work well with?
  9. What do you want to be when you grow up?
  10. What is your favourite book/TV show?

Rebecca is the founder and chief executive officer of Silly Fish Learning Ltd. She is a children's playwright with a vast and varied career in education, primarily teaching drama and English.

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