The Art of Asking Questions

Looking for your students to ask better questions, whether in their annotations, Cornell Notes,  class discussion, or Socratic Seminar?

Here’s a resource Bonnie shared,  “The Art of Asking Questions” by Maryellen Weimer from Faculty Focus.

It’s a resource on getting students to ask better questions and provides more detail on the following tips/strategies:

  • prepare questions
  • play with the questions
  • preserve good questions
  • ask questions  you don’t know the answer to
  • ask questions  you can answer
  • don’t ask open ended questions when you know what you’re looking for

Check it out!

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Iconic Photographs Defining the Century

Hey all!

Karyn shared this great resource: These 75 Iconic Photos Will Define The 21st Century So Far. Everyone Needs To See This.

There are photographs here that would:

  • be great idea-inspirers or quick-writes or narrative writing practice.
  • make incredible Socratic Seminars.
  • work great paired with text to get students practicing with paired texts.
  • be practice with analyzing visual text.
  • be incredible conversation-starters.
  • serve as informational text on current-ish events (events of the last 14 years).
  • (the possibilities seem endless)

Students could even gather photographs that define their last 14 years in preparation for autobiographical narrative (if that’s their narrative assignment for mp 1) or a photograph that has happened since these to add or a photograph or two or three they would argue deserve to be in the list.

Here’s a preview:

U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman HM1 Richard Barnett, assigned to the 1st Marine Division, holds a child after she was separated from her family during a firefight [2003]

U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman HM1 Richard Barnett, assigned to the 1st Marine Division, holds a child after she was separated from her family during a firefight [2003]

An indigenous woman holds her child while trying to resist the advance of Amazonas state policemen in Manaus who have been sent to evict natives. [2008]

An indigenous woman holds her child while trying to resist the advance of Amazonas state policemen in Manaus who have been sent to evict natives. [2008]

Three young women from the New York Fashion Week pose next to a homeless man. [2012]

Three young women from the New York Fashion Week pose next to a homeless man. [2012]

Thanks to Karyn for sharing this!

Infographics of the Week, 10/6 – 10/10: Tips for Building Better Presentations

Well, hello.

Fancy meeting you here for the third installment of “Infographics of the Week.”  Don’t forget to let me know if you’re looking for something specific (topic, theme, etc) for these weekly visual text thrill-rides. 😉

Some of you may not be terribly far off from introducing or collecting performance assessments for first marking period, and everyone will be doing them by the second marking period, so this week’s infographics are designed to help you help your students (while still analyzing visual text!)

The following infographics are all about creating better presentations.  This would be a great (and new) way to begin the discussion about what makes a good presentation and your expectations for oral presentations–group or individual.  If you’re already done presentations, these are great discussion-starters that could turn into a reflective self-assessment piece . . . “How good was my presentation?  How can I make it better?”

So without further ado (you can click on them to make them larger):

How to create a powerpoint instantly improve your presentations Presentation Dos and Don'tsthink-outside-the-slide--12-simple-tips_5240002891574

(note: the first infographic was slightly modified to be more school appropriate)

 

Remember, if you ever see an infographic here that you like and would want it as a poster in your classroom, we can arrange that (so let me know!).