This is a blog about questioning students in lessons.
A couple of years ago, I first blogged about Pose, Pause, Pounce, Bounce! If you are not familiar with this superb questioning strategy, then I would strongly recommend that you download my resource for your classroom. Then read the supporting blog to explain the resource in fuller detail. Download the PDF here.
I take my Pose Pause Pounce Bounce inspiration from a CPD event led by HMI inspector Pam Fearnley who, after 7 years of searching, finally crossed paths once again at the ASCL conference last week.
In my adaptation of PPPB, I added my own twist to teacher-questioning, by introducing the characters from Winnie The Pooh. This was taken from two great books written by Benjamin Hoff; The Tao of Pooh and the Te of Piglet. Books I once read for pleasure at university. The books take an Eastern belief system of Taoism for Westerners.
My resource can be downloaded below.
As a result of sharing my interpretation of PPPB, geography teacher @JohnSayers then wrote this blog; Asking Questions and tweaked the resource into this useful matrix. He formed this on the basis of socratic questioning which has a 6-step process:
• to clarify
• to challenge assumption
• to evidence for an argument
• to gather viewpoints and perspectives
• to predict implications and consequences
• to question the question.
I firmly believe John’s blog and interpretation of Pose, Pause, Pounce, Bounce is why the questioning matrix is so popular today.
Speed Dating CPD
Last term, I organised a Speed Dating style-CPD event for our teaching staff. The winning idea was a Questioning Matrix resource shared by a colleague. This idea – throughout the speed-dating event, received the most number of votes from other colleagues. It proved very popular. After the event, I met with my colleague to discuss the resource in greater detail, and to determine how the idea could be rolled out across the school into every classroom.
The teacher provided a range of templates to enable students and teachers to make their own questioning dice. On closer investigation, the resource included the following powerpoint resource developed by @Mr_Haines.
As Jon Haines shares in his subject slides, deeper questioning and anticipated deeper response are developed from top left to bottom right. Teachers must ask pupils to describe a variety of aspects of the photo through developing and asking quality questions and encouraging quality dialogue. Students can develop their own questions by choosing a word from the left-most column followed by a word from the top row. For example,
- What Is…
- How Could…
- How Will…
- Why Might…
- How Might…
A subject image can then be applied to each question matrix.
@Mr_Haines‘s work was inspired by @johnsayers who was inspired by @TeacherToolkit who was inspired by Pam Fearnley. I believe her work may have been inspired by Dylan Wiliam who shared the idea of PPPB in this video. This proves that great teaching ideas evolve and can stand the test of time.
We plan to manufacture the resource and push this out across the school next term. We hope that we will actually manufacture the questioning matrix into an actual wooden dice for classroom teachers. It may look like this, but will include the full text from the questioning matrix.
Credit: Pam Fearnley (for PPPB idea via Pupils First Ltd.)