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Questioning is a powerful teaching approach. Enhance student learning in the ELA classroom by asking high-order questions and providing your adult students with opportunities to think critically and to develop deep explanations. Equally important are the questions that students ask themselves to direct their own learning progress.


This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • Teachers with classroom experience who wish to deepen their repertoire of tools and techniques.

Learn to ask questions that promote student thinking and deeper learning in the ELA classroom. Discover techniques to check for student understanding. Explore ways to encourage student self-questioning so they can monitor and adjust their own learning strategies to ensure that they meet with success.

This full-day PD session will be followed up with online discussion and support.

Please note that because this PD session takes place inside a correctional facility, registration will close a week in advance in order to provide the front desk with a list of attendees. Participants will be sent instructions for admittance to the facility. We thank the Hampshire CHOC adult education program for hosting this event.

Learning Objectives: 

Upon completion of this professional development activity/course, you will be able to:

  • Identify teacher questions that promote student critical thinking
  • Discuss effective question-asking sequences
  • Cultivate classroom questioning practices that reinforce the cognitive skills required by the CCR Standards, such as reading closely to determine what a text says and using evidence from the text to support conclusions drawn from the text
  • Identify strategies for encouraging student self-questioning and peer questioning
  • Set a goal for using one questioning strategy in your classes that will help your students to increase their college and career readiness

Recommended: The Recipe for Success: The CCR Standards and Instructional Shifts for ELA (3-hour online course).

10/31/2018 - 9:00am to 3:30pm
Hampshire Sheriff’s Office Jail and House of Correction
205 Rocky Hill Road
Northampton, MA 01060
PD Center: 
Topic Area: 
ABE/Adult Education
College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education (CCRSAE)
Corrections Education
ESOL/English Language Learner
PDP Eligible: 
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