Now THAT'S a Good Question! – How to Promote Cognitive Rigor Through Classroom Questioning
What is a good question - or rather, how does a good question challenge students to demonstrate higher levels of thinking and communicate depth of knowledge.
In this book, Erik M. Francis explores how one of the most fundamental instructional strategies—questioning—can provide the proper scaffolding to deepen student thinking, understanding, and application of knowledge. You'll learn:
- Techniques for using questioning to extend and evaluate student learning experiences.
- Eight different kinds of questions that challenge students to demonstrate higher-order thinking and communicate depth of knowledge.
- How to rephrase the performance objectives of college and career readiness standards into questions that engage and challenge students.
Francis offers myriad examples of good questions across content areas and grade levels, as well as structures to help teachers create and use the different kinds of questions. By using this book to fine-tune your approach to questioning, you can awaken the spirit of inquiry in your classroom and help students deepen their knowledge, understanding, and ability to communicate what they think and know.
About Erik M. Francis (Scottsdale, Arizona Author)
Erik M. Francis, M.Ed., M.S. is an author, educator, and speaker who specializes in teaching and learning that promotes cognitive rigor and college and career readiness. He is the author of Now That’s a Good Question! How to Promote Cognitive Rigor Through Classroom Questioning published by ASCD. He is also the owner of Maverik Education LLC, providing academic professional development and consultation on increasing student achievement, teacher effectiveness, overall school performance, and college and career readiness. He works with K-12 schools on developing learning environments and delivering educational experiences that challenge students to demonstrate higher order thinking and communicate depth of knowledge.
His professional development seminars and workshops have been featured at national, state, and regional education conferences hosted by organizations such as ASCD, Learning Forward, the College Board, the New Teacher Center, the Southern Region Education Board, the Association for Middle Level Education, and the National Association for Gifted Children.
Erik has been an educator for over twenty years, working as a middle and high school teacher, a site administrator, and an education program specialist in the Title I and English Language Learner Units of the Arizona Department of Education. He received his Master’s in Education Leadership from Northern Arizona University and Master’s of Science in Film and Television Production and Management from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. He also holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Rhetoric and Communication and English from the University at Albany.