Today I did Alex Overwijk’s “What’s a Good Question?” activity, down to using the very same image.
Here’s the Google Presentation I made to go with the activity:
(Link to the document if the above embedding doesn’t work)
One think I did to add to Alex’s activity was at the beginning, when my students (who are seniors) were having trouble writing down more than a few questions (even though I asked for any and all questions!). I decided to talk about the paper clip challenge involving divergent thinking. They were inspired when they heard that kindergartners do the best on the “test”.
After that short 5-ish min test (I had them do the challenge and then just talked about it, but next time I might show the video!), students went back to the question-writing with more vigor, and the rest of the lesson went very well.
Here are some questions:
Best question (my opinion) and the one we actually tackled:
Here are some of the answers to “What makes a good question?” snowball:
And then we had time for the “tree hugging” question!
There were 15 people in the class at the time (of course nearly half the class is dismissed on a field trip when I go to do this critical lesson!) so we were able to test out and see if our estimations (ranging from 13 to 16 people) was reasonable.
They agreed that it looked pretty reasonable!