The tribe of T³ Instructors gathers the day before the 2013 T³™ International Conference to learn together. I am honored to be part of the team that has been asked to facilitate a PD experience for my colleagues and friends. Our topic: The Art of Questioning.
Below is the description as it was sent to the T³ Instructors and our tentative agenda.
The Art of Questioning – 120 minutes
This session will focus on the art of questioning. Strategies will be discussed to assist learners to “level up” through questions rather than lectures. Come prepared to develop documents to help students calibrate their understanding, and share your assessments with others for feedback and suggestions.
- Introduce a protocol for facilitating learners to ask their own questions
- Introduce leveled assessment
- Participants develop a leveled assessment and share it with other attendees
Jill Gough, Sam Gough, Grant Lichtman, Jeff McCalla
- TI-Nspire Navigator for Networked Computers
(10 min) Introduce facilitators
(20 min) Learn with Grant Lichtman via Skype
(30 min) Art of Questioning using EllipseInvest.tns
(15 min) Break
(20 min) Introduce Leveled Assessment
(30 min) Participants develop a product
(10 min) Share session
Grant is going to share two powerful stories of teaching and learning through the art of questioning. He has also agree to take us through an exercise from The Falconer to illustrate the possibilities when asking quality questions. <EXCITING!>
Jeff, Sam, and I will model methods of using TI-Nspire’s interactive capabilities to give rise to more student questions by putting our participants in the seat of the students. We will share student-learner reactions, challenges, and successes. The overarching idea is posted at Practice seeking questions – #AskDon’tTell and a sample story is shared in the post Ellipse Investigation – #AskDon’t Tell.
We will recommend and read from several books (listed below) that have helped us frame our work. Our goal is to facilitate a workshop where the participants learn by doing.
From an earlier blog post:
- Read, read, read…Currently high on my list:
- Grant Lichtman‘s The Falconer: What We Wish We Had Learned in School,
- John Barell’s Developing More Curious Minds, and
- Dan Rothstein’s Make Just One Change: Teach Students to Ask Their Own Questions.
- Practice, practice, practice…Remove the scaffolding:
- Watch Dan Meyer: Math class needs a makeover and try it.
- Stop creating slideuments. If your TI-Nspire document, your PowerPoint presentation, or your worksheet has multiple pages, slides, or steps, eliminate lots! Create space for questions, investigation, and thinking.
- Use Gamestorming games to develop techniques for learning to ask questions. I like Brainwriting, 3-12-3, and others.
- Risk, reflect, revise:
- Try it – more than once. One trial does not make an experiment. Celebrate even small successes.
- Have strong wait time, and have questions in your “back pocket” if prompting is needed.
- Seek feedback from a trusted colleague. Engage in peer observations to help you see from another perspective.