Effective questioning is a skill which requires practice and takes time to learn. Teachers question their learners all the time. Using open questions which require more than a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ response, helps you to find out what learners know. This is important in assessing their progress.
This video begins with a Grade 6 science class. The teacher asks his students to give him the definitions of a set of words: solvent, solute, sand. He asks for volunteers around the class until a student is able to give a clear definition for each word. In the second clip, the teacher asks her Grade 3 students to explain how people communicated in the past. A girl explains how a drum was used to communicate. In both clips English is used.
A Grade 1 teacher asks a student to tell a story to the class. The class is conducted using the local Bemba language. The girl tells her story and the teacher then asks the other students some questions to clarify their comprehension.