Using Strategic Questioning to Further Students’ Thinking

"Strategic questioning" is a way for teachers to support student learning with prompts and cues, as well as a way to extend student thinking.


As you view the video clip, notice the types of questions Ms. England asks to a group of students who have completed their graphs of the Stacking Cups data. Her questioning helps students to make connections between components of the algebraic equation and the graph to characteristics of the cups.

Classroom Clip Reflection:

Take a moment to think about your students. If they were given this task, what questions would they be asking? That's the first step. The next step is to come up with your answers. Remember--you don't want to give it all away! That's where the planning part comes in. While you plan your unit, write out responses to such hypothetical questions that you might give that support students' thinking.