As always I love the anchor charts McGregor makes/uses! I’ve seen so many on Pinterest and have tried using them (with little success), but I think I’ll be more successful with these since they have concrete examples with them! I also love the alliteration in Questioning/Quinoa, but as I am not a cook, I may stick with one of the other foods mentioned or Dragon Fruit. After reading the “Wonder-full Song” section and seeing that I should give students the lyrics to the songs I can see myself using this idea (I don’t know why I didn’t think to do this without being “told” to do so…) I too see a future trip to The Green Valley Book Fair to look for wordless books!
i have been wracking my brain for days and still can't think of any songs I could use with my students to encourage questioning. I'm looking forward to seeing what others come up with! Again, this chapter was filled with great ideas. I especially like the new food one.
I feel that we have to really teach what is a good question and what is a bad question for students to ask. If we ask students to create questions, they often go for the easy ones to lower their effort level. I do like what the chapter said about teaching students to spend more time looking for the right question as opposed to the right answer. I love the "conversations of questions" game. I look to do this in our advisory groups.
I really have taken from this book the idea of using paintings to instigate higher order thinking. Where can I get paintings to use in my classroom?
public and school libraries may have books with paintings you can share via doc camera, calendars, Green Valley - check the art area there, art teacher may have some books as well. Likely won't have poster sized ones to use as McGregor does - but through time and awareness, we will probably be surprised where we will find samples to use.
I don't encourage questioning enough - and with the lack of research done in the library, and so little opportunity to collaborate and really teach research skills, I am spending less and less time encouraging this skill. I can at least use some of these great ideas to build my questioning lesson plans - happy to use McGregor's tried and true as the spring board to more I will develop.
I really liked this chapter about questioning! I especially liked the idea of encouraging our kids to look for a second right answer. I think that all too often kids want to know the right answer when really there are multiple answers that can work. I appreciated this reminder as well as the idea of asking our kids each day "What questions did you ask today?"
I personally love questions and being a first grade teacher….I get lots and lots of questions each day. I try to encourage my kids to ask questions and to ask for clarifications when they do not understand. I also take the opportunity to tell my students the truth when I do not know the answer. I would never want to misinform my students….so I am often found telling my students, "I am not sure of the answer right now, but I am sure that we can find out." I have always felt that it is important to show my kids that it is ok to not know the answer….I can help them to find out.
I really love the anchor chart with the large letter Q and all of the question words. I think that it is very important to teach our students the variety of question words that are out there. I also liked the idea from the students in the book about questioning 24-7….what a great slogan to have in your classroom.
In thinking about the music idea with questioning…..I am not sure that I know of any exact songs that use the idea of questions within their lyrics….but I did start looking for some catchy songs to help teach my students about questioning.
Here are a few that I found. The first one helps to teach the difference between questions and stories. http://blog.heidisongs.com/2013/12/teaching-children-to-ask-questions.html
I definitely hope to use some of these catchy songs/ideas to help teach my kids to better question things as they read and learn this coming school year.
What songs, besides those listed in the chapter, could you use in order to encourage questioning?
1, Who What When Where Why Song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e64qlUNvh2s
2.Rock Version https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZk-WVKOHDw
3.Electric Company's version https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UrrMEex1_lg
I appreciate the concrete example used in this book to have students begin to question. The following activity she used quinoa, but any unusual food would be great to inspire questioning in kids. I am looking forward to doing this in the classroom. If kids need a challenge you can try adding Nathan Levy's stories with holes to challenge their thinking and questioning skills to use clues and questions that the teacher can only answer with a yes or no. As far as songs, I found the following song that I am thinking about using this year. Who am I by Jessica Andrews. I think it could lead to some discussion of character traits to value.
Kimber TateCoordinator of English, Reading and Libraries