Teacher Toolbox

Examples of Questions to help students frame their thoughts

Connecting/Relating to Prior Knowledge
  • Does this seem familiar to ….?
  • Does this remind you of something you already know?
  • How is this similar to ….?
  • What do you already know about this topic?
Evidence
  • How is it related to …?
  • How do you support your idea?
Ordering and Sequencing
  • What happened first, next, and then....
  • What were the steps?
  • How long did it occur?
  • How often did it occur?
Describing own thoughts
  • How did you find the solution or answer?
  • What were you thinking about as you worked through the problem or thought about the topic?
Elaborate
  • What else can you say about…?
  • How can you tell me more about …?
Clarification
  • What do you mean by …
  • Help me to understand…
  • Can you explain?
Intent/Purpose/Overall Goal
  • How come…
  • What were the reasons to …
  • What is the purpose of…
  • Why did you …
Prediction
  • What if…
  • What will happen if….
Considering other ideas or approaches
  • How else…
  • Are there different ways to…
  • What other ways do you think could…
Application
  • What other things do you think you could do
  • Would this work?  Why or why not?
Beliefs/Feelings/Opinions
  • Why do you think this is important?
  • Do you feel that this is important and why?
  • Do you believe this will work?  Why or why not?
  • What is your opinion about… and why?
  • Do you think ….matters?  Why or why not?
  • What are your feelings about this….
Procedure/Follow Through
  • What are you going to do next and why?
  • Do you think … needs further investigation?  Why or why not?
  • What do you think needs to happen now?