Being able to form a question that addresses exactly what a person is trying to accomplish is a vital life skill. Questions allow us to seek information we need and answering questions is not only about learning but about communication.
Good questions make us think and need us to take knowledge we already know and apply it, think about it (logically and emotionally) to ultimately understand and answer. It demands more of us than a yes or no answer.
It is hard enough as parents and teachers to come up with meaningful open-ended questions but we must teach children the value of questioning and model what good questions look like. When kids are curious – they generate better questions. Read about how you can encourage curiosity.
We all know that there is a vulnerability to question things. What if we upset someone with our questions or worse yet… what if we LOOK STUPID?!? That is why it is important to create a safe environment where students will feel empowered to speak up and question.
The following are activities that you can use to help students learn to question. I present to you three activities that help students improve their questioning skills and the final strategy presented will show you how to incorporate questioning skills to improve reading comprehension.