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Thinking Through Quality Questioning

Thinking Through Quality Questioning
Deepening Student Engagement

June 2011 | 208 pages | Corwin

Asking the right questions is the answer


This groundbreaking book provides teachers with an accessible, research-based blueprint for developing student metacognitive skills and ensuring that students take responsibility for their own learning. The authors use the findings of cognitive scientists to highlight quality questioning behaviors and explain how to apply them for improved student outcomes. Key features include:


  • Short vignettes of quality questioning in action
  • Evidence that ties question strategy to student achievement
  • An overview of collaborative, written, electronic, and group response strategies
  • Examples of how quality questioning connects to formative assessment

Special note regarding the eBook version: Some figures have been redacted in compliance with digital rights permissions.

About the Authors
1. Framework for Thinking Through Quality Questioning: In What Ways Can Quality Questioning Advance Both Student and Teacher Thinking?
2. Frame Quality Questions: What Are the Characteristics of Questions That Engage Students in Thinking and Deep Learning About Content?
3. Strengthen Thinking-to-Learn Behaviors: How Can Teachers and Students Use Quality Questioning to Deepen Thinking and Increase Learning?
4. Use Formative Feedback: How Can Questioning Serve as Formative Assessment and Feedback to Advance Student Learning?
5. Developing Response-Ability: In What Ways Can Teachers Cultivate and Nourish Student Responsibility for Learning?
6. Create a Culture for Thinking: How Can You Use Quality Questioning to Create a Classroom Cultue Where Students and Teacher Work Together to Advance Thinking and Knowing?
Resource A: Processes to Engage Learners in Thinking
Resource B: Sample Tools for Formative Assessment

"This book delivers on the double meaning of its title. It makes a compelling argument that quality questioning is the primary catalyst for thinking in the classroom and offers practical tools for crafting questions worth thinking about. I have found no better resource for unleashing the power of questioning as a force for student learning in the 21st century than Thinking Through Quality Questioning."

Nancy Love, Author and Program Director
Research for Better Teaching, Acton, MA

"Any educator who believes that our students MUST be able to think deeply in order to flourish in our world today and in the future, will not be able to put this book down!"

Sally Piepenbrink, State School Improvement Specialist
West Virginia Department of Education, Charleston

Thinking Through Quality Questioning is an excellent resource for teachers to promote student thinking, student engagement and hold students accountable for their learning. The power of this book is that it not only outlines teacher behaviors but it specifically connects them to student outcomes and behaviors. It truly supports the notion of students being more involved in the classroom translates into increased student learning!”

Jamalya Jackson, Director, Professional Development and New Teacher Induction
Hillsborough County Public Schools, Tampa, FL

“I believe one of our goals as teachers is to have students who can think at high levels and apply that knowledge across disciplines. Thinking Through Quality Questioning is a practical way for teachers to guide students as thinkers not just doers in the classroom. The book gives support to teachers as they promote personal responsibility for learning in their classrooms. I recommend this book to all teachers as they continue guiding students through this journey.”

Melissa M. Adams, Assistant Principal
Vandebilt Catholic High School, Houma, LA

"The skillful use of questioning in a classroom is vital to student engagement and learning. It's difficult to imagine a classroom in which students are involved in deep conceptual learning that did not depend for its success on the teacher's use of questions to promote thinking and engagement. The authors fully explore this important topic."

Charlotte Danielson, Author and Educational Consultant
Princeton, NJ

"Be prepared to question how you teach. Thinking through Quality Questioning provides an easy to follow format of how teachers can authentically engage students and instill in them a desire to question and search for answers. A must-read for teachers!"

Sharon Sigley, 3rd Grade Teacher
North Jefferson Elementary School, WV

Thinking Through Quality Questioning not only provides the tools needed to frame effective questions, it also provides the structures necessary to elicit thoughtful student responses and dialogue. The book guides educators through the process of creating a classroom rich in productive interactions by providing both practical examples and supporting frameworks."

Jamie Parris, Director of Secondary Math and Science
Hamilton County Schools, Chattanooga, TN

"For educators who value student engagement, inquiry, and self-efficacy, this is the book. Based on 22 years of study, Jackie Walsh and Beth Sattes provide a framework for posing quality questions that promote student metacognition and responsibility, as well as provide feedback to inform instruction. As partners in learning, teachers and students will both benefit as a result of the researched knowledge and practical strategies offered in Thinking through Quality Questioning."

Katie Bazzani, K-12 Staff Development Specialist
Northside ISD, San Antonio, TX

“The critical challenge for educators today is to successfully prepare students for a world which we don’t yet know, and for jobs that don’t yet exist. Schools must transform students into independent, lifelong learners equipped to make thoughtful decisions. Thinking through Quality Questioning is a valuable resource for teachers committed to helping students learn how to learn."

Sherrill W. Parris, Assistant State Superintendent of Education
Alabama State Department of Education, Montgomery

“Anyone in an educational leadership position knows the pressure to do more with less. Thinking through Quality Questioning reminded me that providing teachers with quality teaching tools is the best and most inexpensive means of improving teaching and learning. The book is clear, concise, and well-researched. As a recently retired superintendent, I can easily see this book becoming the focus for a year-long book study and professional learning experience.”

Joy B. Williams, Superintendent
Pierce County Schools, GA
Key features

· Presents short vignettes of quality questioning in action in both elementary and secondary classrooms in a range of content areas.

· Distills key research from cognitive scientists to illustrate the importance of quality questioning in the classroom

· Demonstrates how quality questioning leads to students' ownership of their school work and results in increased student achievement

· Devotes an entire chapter to explaining how to cultivate students' ability to respond to quality questioning, and explains the different response category options, including collaborative response strategies, written response strategies, electronic response strategies, and large group response strategies

· Provides numerous tools for students and teachers to use to make thinking visible in oral and written formats

· Demonstrates how teachers and students can use questions and questioning to harness the power of formative assessments

· Includes coverage of how to use quality questioning as a tool to create a culture of inquiry in which teachers and students collaborate and look deeper into academic content because it is interesting and challenging

· A perfect sequel to their bestselling Quality Questioning.

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