Questioning Techniques for Higher Thinking Skills             5 SIMPLE QUESTIONS FOR COMPLEX THINKING 

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. 
 The important thing is to not stop questioning.”                                                                                                                                                                     Albert Einstein


      • What do you notice about ______?
      • What are you wondering?
      • What’s going on in this ______?
      • What’s making this hard?
      • On a scale of 1-10, how easy is this for you? How come?
      • What’s one thing you remember about ______?
      • Here are three different ______. Which do you like best? What’s one thing you liked about it?
      • Tell me one thing you thought about problem three.
      • What’s the first thing that pops into your mind when you see this?
      • What’s the fourth thing that pops into your mind when you see this?
      • What do you think a mathematician might notice about this?
      • If you saw this image/story/statement on a math quiz, what question(s) might go with it?
      • What do you think the heart would like to say to the lung if it could talk?  (Play with reversed perspective and point of view)
      • If your math fairy godmother appeared right now and offered to give you one helpful hint, what would you ask her for?
      • How confident are you in the work you’ve done so far?
      • The answer to the problem you’re about to work on is ______. How could someone have figured that out?
      • Have you ever had an experience like the one in the story?
      • What do you think the person in the story might be feeling?
      • Why do you think I showed you this?
      • What’s one thing you like about what she just said?
      • What’s one thing you’re wondering about what he just said?
      • What’s your best guess for the answer to this problem?
      • What is an answer that is definitely wrong for this problem?
      • Make a prediction. What do you think will happen…
      • Without writing anything down or calculating or thinking too hard, could ______ be the answer?
      • What’s your gut feeling?
      • Do you have a reason or a gut feeling (or both)?