Many of us are working to upgrade lessons we already teach to include collaborative learning, but good math question to do this are difficult to design. New curriculum is coming out and textbooks will likely provide better support for this skill. Where do you find math questions that can support collaborative learning? What is your best example question?
Higher Order thinking questions are important in math and all curricular areas. When I coached the math teacher leaders in our state, questioning was their first concern. So we focused on this using starter questions. I also created a powerpoint slide of questions and suggested they post 5 or 6 on their walls to provide reminders if they got stuck and needed some help. When we met a couple of months later, the teachers shared a wonderful secondary benefit to these questions. They said as the students participated on math talks or group discussions, they found students using these questions as well!! How exciting to build the questioning in the students as well as themselves!
Here are several questioning documents that I hope are helpful:
This is why I love Thinkfinity so much. Everyone has such expertise to share. Thank you, Marcia. I am sharing your docs with a wonderful educators whom I am working with here in Colorado. It is her desire to model good questioning techniques and I think your docs will help.
One of my favorite questions from your slide is, "Is there a more efficient way?" It really allows students to become diverse learners! It's surprising how many students do not realize that there is more than one way to get the solution.
One of my favorite questions I asked my students were, "can you convince your partner?" It's such a wonderful way to test mastery when you can not only get the solution, but be able to teach it to someone else.
Thank you for these wonderful resources