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Unlock Innovative Thinking With Questioning and Discussion Strategies

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Explore and create : BYOD

Sunday, June 23, 1:00–2:00 pm
Location: Room 117

Kim Darche  
How do we support innovative thinking in our classrooms? How are we supporting our student learning during genius hour or in makerspace? The art of asking questions once so simple somehow loses its intensity. Let’s start a renaissance of questioning and discussions to unlock our innovative thinking!

Audience: Coaches, Teachers, Principals/head teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Instructional design and delivery
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Language arts, Social studies
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Empowered Learner
  • Students use technology to seek feedback that informs and improves their practice and to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways.
Innovative Designer
  • Students exhibit a tolerance for ambiguity, perseverance and the capacity to work with open-ended problems.
For Educators:
  • Explore and apply instructional design principles to create innovative digital learning environments that engage and support learning.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Participants will:

- Gain a sense of the importance of rebuilding a questioning culture in students and adult learners.
- Experience activities which foster a sense of curiosity and inquiry.
- Understand how to respond effectively to student questions.
- Develop responses that push students thinking.

Educational or infrastructure challenge/situation ---- We are constantly being told to push innovation and support the students in Genius Hour and other self-directed learning but how?
How do we support innovative thinking in our classrooms and in our culture? Time, support, inspiration, mentorship but at the core of all these supports is the capacity to formulate questions. This is the problem, the challenge and through this hands on and minds on the workshop, we will explore the how.

Technology intervention ---- We will leverage GSuite products, Padlet, Flipgrid and Video.Notes to explore conversation in a digital environment.

Lesson plans or instructional activities/strategies employed --- We will use a variety of lessons to flow through the fine art of conversation both online and offline. The following strategies are some that will be used: Qbit - we will use tangible and online dice to initiate the conversation. Problem Place - an online Wonderwall which we will interact with. The "What If.." technique to travel back to discover the root of a problem, this will be illustrated using Google Draw. Some strategies such as the 5 Why's, 3 Bears and a Chair, Action Pause and others will require critical thinking and communication.

Evidence of Success----

Feedback from previously presented sessions ---
"Kim Darche never disappoints! She models good PD practice, and this was the only session that wasn't a "sit and get."

"It was great getting several different strategies to use. It was helpful to be able to return to school having some ideas that I could put into practice right away."

Fantastic energy, great engagement, well-formulated presentation - she was "teaching what she was preaching." Activities could be taken back to use immediately.

In this session, I gathered new ideas for using questioning in the classroom to drive learning. The teachers I work with are always looking to improve questioning techniques and now I have some additional tools in my toolbox for them.


Overview bringing back a Questioning Culture (10 Mins)
Interactive Strategies:
Improve Game (5 Mins + 5 Mins Reflection)
QFT Structure (15 Mins + 5 Mins Reflection)
Qbit (10 Mins + 5 Mins Reflection)
5 Whys (5 Mins + 5 Mins Reflection)
Pickle Jar Question (5 Mins + 5 Mins Reflection)
3 Bears and a Chair 9 (10 Mins + 5 Mins Reflection)
Problem Place (5 Mins + 5 Mins Reflection)
What If... (10 Mins + 5 Mins Reflection)
Padlet Discussion (10 Mins + 5 Mins Reflection)
Rose, Bud, Thorn (10 Mins + 5 Mins Reflection)
Action Pause (5 Mins + 5 Mins Reflection)
Questioning Institute - Deborah Meier (15 Mins)
Reflection and Discussion (10 Mins)

Supporting research

Questioning Institute - Deborah Meier

QFT - Question Formulation Technique

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Kim Darche, SD113A

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