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Tips to Improve Questioning - "If It, Anchor It, Open It Up"

  1. Strategy Overview
    Strategy Source
    Peter Worley

    About this Author
    Peter Worley is the co-founder of The Philosophy Foundation, a charity that specialises in philosophy in primary and secondary schools in the UK. He has written many books on philosophy in schools and teaches philosophy in schools every week.

    More Books By This Author
    The If Machine: Philosophical Enquiry in the Classroom
    - Once Upon an If: The Storythinking Handbook
    - 100 Ideas for Primary Teachers: Questioning
    - 40 Lessons to Get Children Thinking: Philosophical Thought Adventures Across the Curriculum

    What is This Strategy About?
    Ask a question more than once to open up a pupil’s answer. Anchor the question to get a more detailed response and gauge pupil understanding.

    What Does 'Anchoring' a Question Mean?
    If you get a detailed, in-depth answer to a question that will lead to further focused discussion - great! If not, simply ask the question in exactly the same manner once the pupil has finished their original answer.

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  2. Choose this strategy if you want to...
    - Improve pupil confidence when answering questions
    - Keep discussion focused
    - Elicit better responses from pupils

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