Asking questions is a staple part of teaching.
To Rosenshine, using effective questioning strategies was one of the most powerful tools a teacher could use to consolidate student understanding and to assess their progress.
Therefore, for his third principle, Rosenshine recommended that teachers should ask a large number of questions and check the responses of all students. By asking questions about previous or relevant material, students can practice retrieval and cement their overall learning.
So let’s take a closer look at why…
Lockdown has broadly affected students in two key ways.
Firstly, it disrupted their learning. Some students will have been affected more than others, we know that most students are falling behind to some extent.
And secondly, it put them under emotional strain. This has been due to many having to stay at home, not being able to see friends, and having to deal with a lot of change and uncertainty.
Even now, a month after schools reopened, we still face the question of how to help students recover from these difficulties. At InnerDrive, we believe that the best practices we used prior to lockdown are even more important now. When it comes to helping students with their learning and with their emotions, metacognition can be key.