Presenter Abstract & Bio
Question the question: How can we help students improve their ability to apply content knowledge?
Alexander Symonds, HSIE Teacher, Masada College
Conference Focus Area: Student engagement and/or curriculum
Students see a question, they rush into an answer. Students reflect on their work and discover that they’ve missed the point of that question. Sound familiar?
But it doesn’t have to be this way. We can help students to ‘question the question’ and better understand exactly what they’re being asked. In this workshop, we’ll how different approaches can help students interrogate the questions they face.
What is the question behind the actual question? In their response, what do students need to include and, more importantly, what should be left out? In this hands-on session, we’ll explore specific strategies and routines. We’ll look at multiple choice, short answer and extended response questions, using examples of student work and thinking.
Participants will gain a better understanding of why students misinterpret questions and leave with a range of strategies to implement in their classes.
BIO: Alex Symonds came to teaching after a career in journalism (print and broadcast) and copywriting. He’s passionate about student engagement, and using technology to inspire thinking and questioning among students. Alex has presented on the use of technology to better engage students at RESCON 2018, the international conference on flipped learning, and is slated to present again at RESCON 2019. Alex will also be attending Harvard University in July 2019 to attend Project Zero Classroom and deepen his ability to encourage critical and creative thinking.