Recommended Book: Asking Better Questions

By: Norah Morgan and Juliana Saxton 


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 Asking better questions

By: Norah Morgan and Juliana Saxton

ISBN: 978-1551382098


  • How might we improve the quality of questions that we ask for the sake of thinking, learning, and discussion?
  • What kinds of questions help us tap into what we already know?
  • Which questions help us build a context for shared understanding?
  • How might questions challenge our creative and critical thinking?



Written in an easy-to-access style, this book is far more than a book for educators. As adults, many of us no longer have teachers to stretch and challenge us. As a result, we become our own teachers. We learn to facilitate our own learning process. And our primary tool? Questions.

This slim volume packs a punch on each page. It invites us to consider the power of our words, and how those words guide us toward outcomes. You might use this book to boost your skills as a discussion facilitator. Or, you might use it to improve the quality of discussion inside your own mind. Either way, it’s sure to be a transformative read.


Asking Better Questions explores the compelling role of questions in creating a powerful learning environment. Research tells us that the person who asks the question is the active learner, yet too many classrooms still revolve around teacher-generated questions.

This revision of a classic teacher resource recognizes that it takes time and diligence to become an effective questioner. Based on extensive classroom experience, this comprehensive guide:helps teachers understand why questions are so important to teaching and learning;suggests an uncomplicated way to classify the questions teachers need to ask in order to acquire information, build understanding, and generate reflection;promotes a simple three-part classification of questions—questions that tap into what is already known; those that build a context for shared understanding; and those that challenge students to think critically and creatively;offers models, techniques, activities, and examples which promote better questioning by teachers and students;allows for various entry points based on the interests and needs of the classroom teacher.

The book recognizes that “thinking” and “feeling” are the essential components of a classroom that respects and encourages questions. It is committed to helping teachers ask the appropriate question at the right moment, providing a variety of teaching stances, roles, and situations that will elevate language and encourage divergent thinking.

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