Juanita Garcia

Fostering Student Questions – Podcast Episode 40 | Classnotes Podcast Episode 40

Classnotes Podcast (September 15, 2008) The most important questions of all are those asked by students as they try to make sense out of data and information. Enabling students to generate their own content questions increases engagement, improves learning, and can result in purposeful involvement with the content. Yes most of the questions in school are asked by teachers at a rate of one question every two to three seconds.

Dr. Juanita García, an education associate at IDRA, discusses ways to foster student questions and describes a specific group memory strategy teachers can use right away. Juanita is interviewed by Bradley Scott, Ph.D., director of the IDRA South Central Collaborative for Equity.

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Show length: 19:51


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Show Notes

  • Host Bradley Scott, Ph.D., director of the IDRA South Central Collaborative for Equity, welcomes Dr. Juanita García, an education associate at IDRA, to discuss best practices for fostering student questions in the classroom.

  • Juanita explains that the most important questions for and by students are the ones that help them sense of what they are learning.

  • Juanita talks about FLAIR strategies for fostering student questions, focusing on one called "group memory."

  • Juanita plays out a classroom scenario that follows the group-memory technique, which begins with students writing down everything they know about a subject.

  • Juanita explains the importance of modeling when training teachers to ask higher-level questions -- rather than straight comprehension questions.

  • Juanita closes the conversation with her three keys to fostering good student questions.