Asking Purposeful Questions
  • Strategy: Developing STEM Practices & Mindset
  • Skill: Asking Purposeful Questions

Asking Purposeful Questions

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

  • Itemize different kinds of questions and explain likely outcomes of each. Based on these outcomes, select intentional questions to enhance interactions and increase STEM thinking and learning.
  • Analyze questioning patterns and compare them to those recommended for effective STEM facilitation.
  • Create several questions that could be incorporated into current programming with school-age children to promote higher levels of inquiry and problem-solving.

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Out-of-school time leaders can have a unique impact on the science, technology, engineering, and math skills of school-age children. This lesson is one of 20 Click2Science lessons designed to help frontline staff facilitate STEM experiences. It features interactive experiences, handouts, and videos that will nurture the ability to ask purposeful questions, enhancing a child's STEM learning. It includes both basic and "stretch" information about intentional question techniques.

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