Questioning skills refer to one's ability to formulate and respond to questions
about situations, objects, concepts, and ideas.There are two levels of
questions: low-level questions and high-level questions. Questioning
strategies are useful to instructors for effectively planning class
participation activities, for designing homework assignments, and for writing
exams. The strategies help instructors to match their goals or objectives for an
assignment with the actual components of the assignment. Other functions of
questioning strategies are as follows.
Questioning techniques can be used to differentiate instruction in the moment. When the teacher is very familiar with each student's background, learning style, interests, and readiness level, questions can be adapted to fit individual needs for academic development. Teachers use questions to stimulate thinking about a concept and challenge students to attend to higher levels of thinking appropriate to the content and learning outcomes. Instructional pacing can be accelerated during questioning related to facts and decelerated for more complex material and open-ended questions. Teachers can allow more wait time for student responses for more meaningful learning.
(San Diego County Office of Education)