HACKING QUESTIONS

11 Answers That Create a Culture of Inquiry in Your Classroom

By Connie Hamilton

“Look out, Socrates! Here comes Connie Hamilton, the newest innovator of questionology!"

— Marcia Gutiérrez, High School Educator

 

A fresh perspective on the art of questioning

Questions are the driving force of learning in classrooms. Hacking Questions digs into framing, delivering, and maximizing questions in the classroom to keep students engaged in learning.

Known in education circles as the “Questioning Guru,” Connie Hamilton shows teachers of all subjects and grades how to ask the questions that deliver not just answers but reflection, metacognition, and real learning.

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For years, we've been told to use essential questions, create cultures of inquiry, and ask good questions. Connie Hamilton has created an excellent guide and resource in how to do all three. Her methods and strategies are not only engaging but can be implemented immediately and effectively in the classroom to develop and deliver that student-centered learning environment that will not only promote inquiry but foster critical and creative thinking. If you want to use essential questions, create cultures of inquiry, and ask good questions as part of your instructional delivery, this book will guide you in how to do all three.


We've all heard the adage that whoever's doing the talking / work is doing the learning. Hamilton's text helps teachers flip that mental work from them to their students, putting students in the driver's seat of their own education. Each 'hack' is explained in terms of why and how it helps, and the best part is there are suggestions for immediate turn-around - what you could do in your classes that day, without much prep. She also frames some common ideas in new ways that help teachers see the value of her suggestions. For instance, I rarely considered the importance of a closing activity, choosing instead to simply summarize the learning the next day, but when Hamilton said that an introduction is not a conclusion, the importance of closing activities (conclusions) made sense! The appendices at the back provide more than just the question hacks but touch on some of the structures and protocols that help the hacks work effectively. 'Hacking Questions' is a great way to bring better inquiry into any classroom.

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