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Questioning

Breaking It Down Until They're Right


  1. Strategy Overview
    Strategy Source
    Doug Lemov

    What is this strategy about?
    During a class discussion, don’t just give pupils the answer when they give an incorrect or vague answer. Give enough support to help them get to the answer on their own.

    Why is it important to not just give students the answer?
    Simply giving students the answer when they are struggling won't encourage them to think for themselves. But, when learners are prompted to figure out how to answer questions on their own, they are more likely to remember how to do it.

    Why is it important to break down the answer?
    This will allow students to really think about their answer and will help them to realise their errors as soon as they make them.

    Click here to find out why it's important to Only Accept Right Answers from pupils. 
  2. Choose this strategy if you want to...
    - Clarify pupils’ understanding in an effective, meaningful way
    - Show pupils the root of their error to avoid repeating mistakes

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