Learning to Ask High Order Question
I love Stick Pick as a teaching tool. When students practice asking high level questions, they naturally become more involved in the answering process. This activity not only helped students formulate great questions, but it gave them the opportunity to practice what it looks like to answer those questions. Knowing how to answer high order thinking questions with the Stick Pick app helped to prepare them for the types of questions that I included on a chapter test. Students are now naturally using the types of questions we practiced with Stick Pick when using Kagen Structures like Round Robin and Rally Coach. When students understand the tool and the process, deeper understanding is a given.
How I Use It
I used Stick Pick a little differently with my students. Instead of using it as a tool for myself to ask those higher level questions, I turned it over to students to practice what it looks like to create questions that foster deep thinking.
I preassigned the type of questions students would practice, assigned groups in the app and turned it over to them after completing some required reading. That was all it took. In small groups, students practiced asking and answering questions related to the required reading.