Questioning activates the human brain to think and make connections. It stimulates curiosity shut down by many recent trends in education developed to support standardized testing.
The purpose of this strategy is to facilitate deep structured thinking and deductive reasoning necessary for making sense out of the information overload of today. At times we will label particular types of questions, but only to highlight their usefulness in certain applications. It will be important for you to know those labels will change as education progresses through a variety of movements. For example, “essential question” has been a main label for many years. However with the onset of the new learning standards, “essential question” has been expanded to include the “big idea” and “text dependent” questions.
Click the video and advance to 2:15 to see Dr. Dianne demonstrate the "What's It Game" and advance to 4:01 to see the Science demonstration.