Asking questions is an important tool for a teacher to posses. Asking open-ended questions leads a student to answer with more thought. When asked who was the first president of the United States students will reply " George Washington." But if you ask a student an open ended question such as, "explain the course of events that led to George Washington to become the first president" the student will have to use their critical thinking skills. Critical thinking skills go above and beyond just answering yes or no. This is why asking these sorts of questions is important to ask our students at such a young age. I'm currently doing my observation hours at Corpus Christi Catholic School. The teacher I am watching asks questions constantly and she receives great responses from her students.
In Johnson's post "The Right Way to Ask Questions in The Classroom" He makes some intresting observations about asking questions. One of my favorite quotes from the article is, The fallacy with this thinking is that sometimes the students do not understand that they do not understand, and if they do not know what they do not know, there is no way that they can ask a question about it." Johnson is basically saying here that a student may not even know they are not understanding a concept sometimes. Until the student is asked a question that makes themself actually apply the new concept, they really don't know if they are fully understanding." I know in my math class that he teaches us a new lesson daily. When he starts asking questions is when I actually can test myself and check that I know the material. Student's rarely ask questions in a classroom becauase they are terrified of public speaking or fear they will be teased.
I enjoyed reading Weimer's article, "Three Ways to Ask Better Questions in The Classroom." This article was short and to the point. It summarized three differnt processes an educator can go about imporving thier quesitons. These points included: prepare questions, play with questions, preserve good quesitons. This article was written in an easy to read list formation. These techniques demostrated by the author will help teach children the importance of asking questions.