We have all seen the commercials where the guy goes into the phone store and has a million questions about the phone he is about to buy. The next scene the same guys is in a hospital gown and he doctor asks him if he has any questions and he says, “nope.” That’s what is has been like in my classroom lately.
I really don’t know if its my questioning strategies, or the type of questions I am asking my students, but lately I get frustrated when I ask open-ended questions, and all I hear are crickets. I try very hard to get my gifted students to really think deeply. I wrote a few weeks ago that I use a scenarios in my class to get them thinking, which works very well. It just seems like my older students (grades 5-8) just don’t get what I am asking them.
How can I improve? Does anyone have suggestions that I can use to help improve the reasoning and answering skills of my middle school gifted students? I love to hear the discussions that I have with my younger students (grades 3rd-4th), and I don’t have that with my middle school students. Is it because of the type of teaching that goes on in the elementary schools? Is it because of the lack of open-ending questions in the middle school? Does it have to do with the fact that we teach so much to the state standardized tests that our students don’t get the techniques of answering questions correctly with some thought and reflection? I don’t know. I do know that I need to push my students forward if they are going to be successful later in life. Life’s hardest questions you can’t answer on a scantron answering sheet.
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