Using questioning in the teaching of gifted students - a collection of links to useful sites compiled by Amy B. Durden

Want a web page??

   It's SO very simple!  Google makes it ridiculously easy to build it and you don't have to
pay for a domain name or server space! It's limited, and if you've done any web design before you may find it just won't do what you'd like, but it's free!!  And EASY! 

Just ask and I'll be happy to help you get started.

Like my tablet?

   It's called a Bamboo and you can get one at several office stores in town. These connect to your computer USB port and allow you to make annotations in Power Point documents, or in any of several note-taking software products.  Office 2007 programs are "ink enabled."  They cost as little as $80.  Want to know more?  Just ask me or go to

Want a Classroom  Response System?  (of course you do!)

This is a document I created some time ago comparing the different systems.  The info should still be fairly current.

System Comparison Chart 


 This is really a wonderful thing.  You can create quizzes of various formats and post them to your website and it's EASY and FREE.

To see what I have done with it, visit

Physics Quizzes 

If you think you'd like to use it, go to the

Hot Potatoes homepage 

I haven't gotten very creative, and have only used it for multiple choice, but you can to lots of other formats if you want.  You can use them on a classroom computer if you don't have a webpage.

"Good learning starts with questions, not answers".
Guy Claxton, Professor in Education and Director of CLIO Development University of Bristol.

Teaching with questions-good for EVERYONE, but particularly for our gifted kids.  Asking questions- good questions, phrased well, and often planned in advance, helps our students to develop critical thinking skills, and helps them learn to verbalize their thoughts clearly.


It also helps them to remain focused and actively engaged in the lecture.  (Can we still lecture?)


The concept of "questioning techniques" encompasses a range of topics, including wait time, structuring a good question, types of questions, teacher asked vs. student asked, types of lessons using questions (discussion, exposition or recitation, exchange, webquests), as well as Bloom's Taxonomy.  Well, we've already "Bloomed" so I'm not going there at all, but for the other topics I've made a list of links that help you to delve more deeply into any that interest you, or that you think may be helpful to you in your journey to get better at this job.


Links related to asking good questions.....

Classroom Questions-this is from the electronic peer-reviewed journal Practical Assessment, Research & Evaluation

Teacher Tools-what an excellent resource, with info on many aspects of teaching gifted students including differentiation!

Thinking of looking into developing your questioning techniques?  This site will help you think through your options, and help you solidify the idea of what you really hope to accomplish.

Enhance Learning with Technology has information dealing with a wide range of topics

 including differentiation, learning strategies, and, obviously, technology.  It also has a useful section devoted to developing good questions.

Classroom Questioning is an article, complete with tons of citations, presenting a summary of research on questioning.  This is really interesting and if you feel the need to base your classroom questioning on published research, here's where you'll find it.

Questioning Questions is an essay in which the idea that through questioning, we can teach our students the process of questioning is presented.

Did you know there are Five Basic Types of Questions?  They are presented here with examples and applications.