Questioning is key to learning and language development not just in Literacy but across the curriculum. However, Many parents and educators are unsure how to stimulate children’s oral language development in play and reading. One good method, often used in Speech development, is “levels of questioning”. These “levels of questioning” were developed by Blank, Rose and Berlin (1978). The questions move from concrete to abstract.
Understanding the complexity of questions can help in simplifying language or in appropriately challenging language skills. Children need to understand and respond to all these levels of questions to function easily within a nursery or Foundation Stage classroom. Ages given in brackets are averages. Some 2-year olds may cope with level 2-3 questions, while some four year olds may need questions simplified to level 1-2.
Questioning is one of the foundations of learning. a good question can be the most powerful tool for learning a teacher has. If a child is asked a great question, new viewpoints, ideas and understanding can be developed. A good question can enthuse, stir, and provoke children which can eventually lead to a newly gained skill, deeper understanding or a new viewpoint.
Good questions can:
Having good questioning skills doesn't happen over night; below are some ways in which you can develop your questioning skills in your day to day practice. Additionally, if you want to develop your skills more please take part in our online PD class!