Course Description

Earn 20 NYS CTLE Credits

Course Overview

In order to receive the certificate and/or CTLE credit, you will need to:

  • Respond to all lesson prompts
  • Respond to at least 2 others per module
  • Complete all assignments/artifacts

This course will improve student achievement in the core academic subjects and strengthen teacher practice.  During this course, teachers will learn a variety of strategies to increase and strengthen their own, and their students’ questioning and discussion skills.

Since many schools use the Danielson Framework for Teaching to guide their teaching and learning practices, this course will help teachers improve on component 3B, Questioning and Discussion.  The first module of this course discusses the importance of questioning and discussion in the classroom, by both the teacher and students, and also discusses component 3b in the Danielson framework.  The first module deconstructs and analyzes Danielson’s writings on questioning and discussion, and how the ratings of ineffective, developing, effective and highly effective differ. 

Module 2-6 discuss a variety of strategies that can be used in any class regardless of grade or content to increase students’ questioning and discussion skills.  The activities/strategies that will be discussed are: See-Think-Wonder, Four Corners, Question Brainstorm, Paper Shuffle and Socratic Seminar.  Each module will focus on a particular activity, explaining the activity itself, the benefits, and how it can be incorporated into the classroom.  Within each module there are also sample lessons that integrate the designated activity, along with additional resources including templates and sample lesson plans.  In addition, some modules also incorporate published articles, videos of sample lessons and animations.

The final module, seven, discusses a variety of tools that teachers can use to track, monitor and encourage student discussion in the classroom.  Since teachers will have a variety of activities that they can incorporate into their lessons to encourage student discussion and questioning, this module will give teachers tools to analyze the types of questions students are asking and how often.  By the end of this module, teachers will have their own tools to monitor the quantity and quality of student discussions and questions.

Access to the course will be granted for 1 year.


Course Overview

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Course curriculum

  • 1

    Module 1: Overview of Questioning and Discussion

    • Pre Course Survey

    • 1.1: "Talking to Learn" by Elizabeth City

    • 1.1: Discussion

    • 1.2: Importance of Questioning and Discussion

    • 1.2: Script

    • 1.2: Discussion

    • 1.3: Danielson 3b

    • 1.3: Script

    • 1.3: Discussion

    • Module 1 Assignment

  • 2

    Module 2: See Think Wonder

    • 2:1 See-Think-Wonder

    • 2.1: Script

    • 2.1 Discussion

    • 2.1: See-Think-Wonder Overview

    • Module 2 Assignment

  • 3

    Module 3: Four Corners

    • 3.1: Four Corners

    • 3.1: Script

    • Four Corners Overview

    • 3.1: Discussion

    • Module 3 Assignment

  • 4

    Module 4: Question Brainstorm

    • 4.1: Question Brainstorm

    • 4.1: Script

    • 4.1: Sentence Starters

    • 4.1: Question Brainstorm Overview

    • 4.1: Discussion

    • Module 4 Assignment

  • 5

    Module 5: Paper Shuffle

    • 5.1: Article - Online vs Class Discussion

    • 5.1: Discussion

    • 5.2: Paper Shuffle

    • 5.2: Paper Shuffle Script

    • 5.2: Discussion

    • 5.2: Paper Shuffle Overview

    • 5.2: Paper Shuffle Sample

    • 5.2: Paper Shuffle Math Example

    • 5.2: Paper Shuffle Blank

    • Module 5 Assignment

  • 6

    Module 6: Socratic Seminar

    • 6.1: Article - Socratic Seminars: Building a Culture of Student-Led Discussion

    • 6.1: Discussion

    • 6.2: Socratic Seminar

    • 6.2: Script

    • 6.2: Socratic Seminar Rubric

    • 6.2: Discussion

    • 6.3: Discussion

    • Module 6 Assignment

  • 7

    Module 7: Tools to Track Students Participation

    • 7.1: Tools to Track Students Participation

    • 7.1: Script

    • Types Questions

    • Discussion Tracker for Whole Class

    • Discussion Tracker for Students

    • Dollars and Coins Template

    • 7.1: Discussion

    • Module 7 Assignment

    • Post Course Survey

    • End of Course