Asking Purposeful Questions | Click2Science

Asking Purposeful Questions

Asking questions is an effective strategy to increase learning when they are used purposefully. The role of the frontline staff is critical in encouraging youth to question and make predictions, two very important science and engineering skills. Questions are one of many tools that can help youth think more deeply about what they are observing and to explain their thinking. Learn the best and most effective types of questions to use to help youth explain their thinking, make predictions, observe and reflect.

Staff Development Guides

Staff development guides are designed for coaches and trainers to use when providing professional development to frontline staff or volunteers. These dowloadable step-by-step professional development guides include agendas, social and experiential learning activities, videos learning modules, supporting documents and handouts. The guides available below are design to support the skill Encouraging Collaboration. For more information about Staff Development Guides, please visit About Staff Development Guides.

  • What Do You See?

    Participants will observe questioning in the When Youth Are Struggling Video-Based Learning Module to learn to ask purposeful questions.
    Strategy: 
    Developing STEM Practices & Mindset
    Situation: 
    Meeting (small group)
    Length: 
    20 minutes
    Preview
  • Trying Out Questions

    Participants will classify questions as open-ended and scientific and analyze facilitators' talk in When Youth are Struggling Video-Based Learning Module to learn how to ask youth meaningful questions.
    Strategy: 
    Developing STEM Practices & Mindset
    Situation: 
    Training (large group)
    Length: 
    85 minutes
    Preview
  • Show Me the Filter

    Participants will observe questioning in the Let there be Light! Video-Based Learning Module and the water filter activity to learn to ask purposeful questions.
    Strategy: 
    Developing STEM Practices & Mindset
    Situation: 
    Meeting (small group)
    Length: 
    20 minutes
    Preview
  • Reflecting on My Practice

    Participants will watch teh When Youth Are Struggling Video-Based Learning Module to learn to ask purposeful questions with youth.
    Strategy: 
    Developing STEM Practices & Mindset
    Situation: 
    Coaching (one-on-one)
    Length: 
    30 minutes
    Preview
  • Identifying One Thing

    Participants will watch teh Testing Explanations of Cause and Effect Video-Based Learning Module to learn to ask purposeful questions with youth.
    Strategy: 
    Developing STEM Practices & Mindset
    Situation: 
    Coaching (one-on-one)
    Length: 
    30 minutes
    Preview
  • Developing Your Own Purposeful Questions

    Participants will watch the Using Questions for Many Purposes Video-Based Learning Module and design a water filter to learn how to use questions and talk moves to deepen youths' science thinking.
    Strategy: 
    Developing STEM Practices & Mindset
    Situation: 
    Training (large group)
    Length: 
    80 minutes
    Preview
  • Determining the Best Questions

    Participants will reflect on the questions they use and watch the Using Questions for Many Purposes Video-Based Learning Module to learn how to use questions to provoke STEM thinking.
    Strategy: 
    Developing STEM Practices & Mindset
    Situation: 
    Training (large group)
    Length: 
    75 minutes
    Preview

Self-Directed Web Lessons

Click2Science Web Lessons offer self-directed, on-demand professional development for frontline staff and volunteers. Web Lessons are hosted on Penn State Extension's Better Kid Care learning managemente system. To take a Click2Science Web Lesson, please review our instructions for accessing lessins on Better Kid Care. For more information about Self-directed Web Lessons, please visit About Web Lessons.

  • Asking Purposeful Questions

    Out-of-school time leaders can have a unique impact on the science, technology, engineering, and math skills of school-age children. This lesson is one of 20 Click2Science lessons designed to help frontline staff facilitate STEM experiences. It features interactive experiences, handouts, and videos that will nurture the ability to ask purposeful questions, enhancing a child's STEM learning. It includes both basic and "stretch" information about intentional question techniques.

    Strategy: 
    Developing STEM Practices & Mindset

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On-Demand Webinars

Click2Science hosts virtual professional development webinars each month focused on out-of-school time learning environments. STEM, professional development best practices, and other relevant events. All webinars are recorded and made available for on-demand viewing. The recorded, on-demand webinars below are designed to support the skill. Encouraging Collaboration. For more on-demand webinars or to register for an upcoming webinar, please visit our Webinar page.

 

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