Leading through Quality Questioning Chapter 1 and 2 Highlights Jill Eaton and Susan Thornton
The signs of outstanding leadership appear primarily among the followers. Are the followers reaching their potential? Are they learning? Serving? Do they achieve the required results? Do they change with grace? Manage conflict? Max De Pree, Leadership Is an Art
What do we mean by Quality Questioning? • Quality questioning is a process for engaging individuals in thinking together. • It begins with the crafting of a focused, purposeful, engaging question and continues with the intentional use of strategies that facilitate and sustain thinking.
How Does Quality Questioning Deepen and Extend Thinking? Whether leaders are asking questions to individuals or to groups, the question and initial response are just the beginning of the thinking process. Most often we can listen to what’s said and listen to what’s not said and give a verbal or nonverbal prompt to encourage individuals to continue and deepen their thinking.
How Does Quality Questioning Deepen and Extend Thinking? • Use Nonverbal Prompts • Wait Time 2
Quote for Thought • One of the easiest human acts is also the most healing. Listening to someone. Simply listening. Not advising or coaching, but silently and fully listening. Margaret Wheatley (2007, p88)
How Does Quality Questioning Deepen and Extend Thinking? • Use Follow Up Questions: • To expose and get behind thinking • To confirm understanding of a speaker’s statement • To clarify a response; to elicit extension or expansion of thinking • To encourage reflection and self -assessment
If I hear.. Then I can ask • I don’t have time to teach everything. Can you be more specific? What parts are you sure of? What is still puzzling you? • These kids don’t want to learn. Can you help me understand how you reached that conclusion? • My kids don’t like to reread decodables. What do you mean by the word “reread?” Can you be more specific? What if….. • DIBLES is just too hard So you think that….? Help me understand what you are thinking • Our kids don’t pay attention What did we learn from our PD on student engagement that would relate to your concerns?
Connect Extend Challenge • How are the ideas and information presented and reviewed today CONNECTED to what you already knew and believed? • What new ideas did you get that EXTENDED or pushed your thinking in new directions? • What is still CHALLENGING or confusing for you to get your mind around?