The Art of Asking Questions
The Exchange book, Powerful Interactions: How to Connect with Children and Extend their Learning, offers these suggestions for asking children questions:
"In a powerful interaction, you pause to be present, then intentionally make a personal connection with the child, simultaneously moving the child's learning forward in a small, yet purposeful, way. Therefore, the questions you ask them make a difference in both the child's feelings towards you and the child's thinking and learning."
Here are some strategies suggested by the authors for asking good questions:
- Alternate between silence, commentary, and questions.
- Tailor the questions to the child.
- Offer a manageable challenge.