Questioning to stretch and challenge in a secondary classroom

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This piece was written by Anmol Pervez, a science teacher at MEA Central.  As you read this case study, consider how the teacher uses this technique in their classroom. Take some time to reflect on what the teacher does, how they do it, what they might do differently and how this might influence your own practice.   A pedagogical technique that has impacted my practice immensely is Stretch-it Questioning. It’s easy to accept a correct answer from a student, praise them, and move on to the next question. However, how do you really know a student has truly grasped a concept? Stretch-it Questioning is an opportunity for a teacher to further challenge a pupil and continue developing their learning even after they have correctly answered a question. Once a correct answer has been given, reward the pupil with another question, confirming the depth of their understanding of the concept. This also removes any uncertainty that the pupil answered the question through partial understanding or

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    Angela Murphy

    Fantastic article. I really like the three modelled examples here of how Stretch-it questioning can be used – really effective way to challenge and check the depth of pupil understanding

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