Sara Wilkie I @sewilkie

#Q2Learn: How do we help students slow their thinking down to truly drive more of their own learning? The answers are in the questions… A growing tenet of innovative and thoughtful learning environments is to determine how to provide learners the time, confidence and mental space to create meaning. Students making sense of information is not a new idea, but the advent of the Internet has created a sense of urgency for students to become critical and engaged members of our global society, who ask the right questions, listen intently, intellectually filter information, and invite further discussion, in order to bring people and ideas together. Inspired by the International Baccalaureate Learner Profile, Charlotte Danielson’s Framework for Teaching, and Alan November’s Six Questions for Transformational Learning, this session is specifically designed to consider effective questioning techniques and student-led discussion strategies as vehicles for advancing student learning rather than for assessing or checking their understanding. Join us as we address the urgency to explore strategies and share resources for developing questioning techniques and learning routines to:
  • make students’ questions and thinking more accessible for exploring, discussing, synthesizing and connecting to the world
  • enhance student-led discussions where all students are engaged in the conversation and thinking
  • nurture a learning community that fosters inquiry, communication and connections

Welcome to our 2 hats.jpgthinking session: learners & leaders


(re)Thinking Questioning

Providing Permission & Room to Wonder


Session Questions:

  • How are we helping learners slow their thinking down?
  • What assumptions do we make when 'blink' thinking?
  • How might student-generated questions be leveraged to slow thinking and strengthen learning?
    • What kinds of questions are learners asking?
    • What information are they finding as a result?
    • What new questions come as a result of this information?
    • What do learners gain from this cycle?
    • What patterns surface over time?
  • How do we create a culture of constructive inquiry?
    • "Right now I think..."
    • "Is this your first thinking, or your best thinking?"
    • "What makes you say that?"
    • BalancEdTech Q starts...
  • How and how often are learners encouraged/expected to revise their questions? Their thinking?
  • When, as an instructor/facilitator/leader, do we ensure time and space to leverage student questions?
  • What kind of online tools and digital environments support student development of collecting, categorizing, organizing, synthesizing, keeping track of and revising questioning skills?
  • More...?