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What questions should I ask students?

by Thomas Fowler-Finn on 02/19/15

Network members seek to know, "What questions should I ask students when I'm in the classrooms?  The answer to that depends upon the school's Problem of Practice (POP). The questions you should ask are determined by what the observer needs to know from the student in order to help the school resolve the POP.  For example, if "student engagement" is a central focus in the POP, you would want to know about the students' personal interest in the content and the students' perception of the value/importance of the content to them in their current lives.  Observers would not ask, "Why is this work important?" but rather, "Is this work of importance to you?" and "Why or why not?" 

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