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Monday, July 27 • 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Encouraging Student Thinking and Engagement through Effective Questioning

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Questioning strategies need a boost? Phrasing effective questions is a critical teaching skill and one that is often overlooked or taken for granted. While it may take most of a lifetime to master the art of effectively using questions to drive learning, in this session participants will explore some relatively simple things teachers can incorporate into their practice as they progress on their journey toward mastering this art. In this session participants will learn the principles involved in designing effective questions that mediate student thinking, analyze questions for their effectiveness based on the three characteristics of mediatory questions, and practice designing effective mediatory questions in their specific content area. Participants will also explore six strategies for effectively using questions to encourage student thinking and engagement and will learn the one question that can completely change their classroom dynamic. Numerous opportunities will be provided throughout the session for interaction, discussion, analysis, practice, and sharing. Participants will leave with the skills and knowledge to apply the material immediately in their own classroom.


Deborah Sachs

WWITFP Director, University of Indianapolis
Deb Sachs is the Director of the Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellowship Program and an assistant professor at the University of Indianapolis as well as the president and lead facilitator of Cranial Edventures Inc. She has worked extensively with teachers, youth, and adults in a variety of K-12, university and professional settings. Since leaving the high school classroom after a twenty-one year teaching career, Deb has been teaching at the... Read More →

Monday July 27, 2015 12:30pm - 2:30pm

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