Hacking Questions: 11 Answers That Create a Culture of Inquiry in Your Classroom

Hacking Questions: 11 Answers That Create a Culture of Inquiry in Your Classroom

by Connie Hamilton

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Overview

“Look out, Socrates! Here comes Connie Hamilton, the newest innovator of questionology! — Marcia Gutiérrez, High School Educator

A fresh perspective on the art of questioning

Questions are the driving force of learning in classrooms. Hacking Questions digs into framing, delivering, and maximizing questions in the classroom to keep students engaged in learning.

Known in education circles as the "Questioning Guru," Connie Hamilton shows teachers of all subjects and grades how to:


  • Hear the music: listen for correct answers
  • Scaffold to trigger student thinking without doing it for them
  • Kick the IDK bucket to avoid “I don’t know” as the final answer
  • Punctuate your learning time to end with reflection questions
  • Spin the throttle to fuel students to ask the questions
  • Fill your back pocket with engagement questions
  • Make yourself invisible by establishing student-centered protocols
  • Be a Pinball Wizard and turn students into facilitators


Praise for Connie Hamilton and Hacking Questions

"Connie Hamilton is known by teachers and leaders as the Questioning Guru. She offers minor tweaks and major perspective shifts. You will be a better questioner tomorrow." -Dr. Dorothy VanderJagt, Professional Learning Coordinator

"Connie Hamilton is a world-class presenter with expertise in the art of questioning. She provides a fresh perspective and practical tips on integrating research-based strategies." -Melisa Mulder, Intervention Teacher

"Connie is an incredible driver of change in our focus on classroom questioning as a best practice instructional strategy." -Troy VanderLaan, Middle School Administrator

Answers to your questions about questions

Hacking Questions provides practical solutions to the universal questioning problems that teachers face daily. Find your answers now.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781948212144
Publisher: Times 10 Publications
Publication date: 04/09/2019
Series: Hack Learning Series , #23
Pages: 280
Sales rank: 431,054
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11

Questioning leads to growth

Hack 1: Assume All Hands Are Up. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17

Expect that every student will engage

Hack 2: Kick the IDK Bucket. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39

Keep the cognitive baton in students’ hands

Hack 3: Punctuate Your Learning Time. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57

Close with reflection questions

Hack 4: Be a Pinball Wizard. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75

Guide students to facilitate their own conversations

Hack 5: Play the Broken Record . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .101

Replay questions to maintain focus

Hack 6: Fill Your Back Pocket. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .121

Prepare a handful of metacognitive questions

Hack 7: Make Yourself Invisible. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .141

Establish student-centered protocols

Hack 8: Hear the Music. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .165

Listen for correct thinking, not just correct answers

Hack 9: Scaffold, Don’t Spoon-Feed. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .183

Trigger student thinking without doing it for them

Hack 10: Spin the Throttle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .205

Fuel students to ask the questions

Hack 11: Create a Safe Zone. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .223

Establish an environment that encourages risk-taking

Conclusion. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .243

An exercise

Appendix . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .247

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