More questions = fewer pointless PowerPoints


More questions = fewer pointless PowerPoints

Class Teaching

The focus of this week’s Teaching Forum is questioning, an essential element of the craft of teaching. I sat down with Alex Mohammed, assistant leader in science, to learn a bit more about how to do it successfully.


For Alex, questioning is the most crucial part of being a science teacher. It enables him to understand where his pupils are so that he can extend them even further. Alex has spent the last four years honing and improving two types of question: those he asks while he is modelling and explaining a concept, and those he asks to check understanding.

Let’s start with the modelling. Unlike many teachers, Alex usually introduces new concepts from a blank screen – he rarely relies on pre-designed slide-shows. While he models and explains these concepts with simple drawings and diagrams, he repeatedly questions the class, helping them to link and extend their knowledge.

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