A day of wonder

Bring this outstanding professional development day to your school or your district.

Every teacher needs a questioning toolkit to nurture and challenge the thinking of students. Every student needs a questioning toolkit to wrestle with difficult concepts and make new meanings.

Long a champion of questioning, questions and wonder, Jamie has created a professional development day that is sure to sharpen the appetite of teachers for questions of import while equipping them with the skills and strategies required to make such exploration a daily reality in their classrooms.

COVID and the Pandemic taught us the folly of relying upon conventional thinking when coping with an uncertain future and frightening new threats. Today’s students must learn how to think flexibly and creatively, wrestling with problems and challenges in novel ways. Original thought is essential.

In times when the unthinkable and the unlikely become commonplace, imaginative thought and innovation are essential, but schools have never placed much emphasis upon fresh thinking and originality. The time is ripe to elevate the importance of such thought.

Treat yourself and your colleagues to a day of wonder!

This one day workshop is designed to equip teachers with a questioning repertoire that will enable them to elevate the rigor of classroom instruction and learning. You may select a high tech version that involves hands-on use of laptops or iPad type devices. Or the same material can be presented in a low tech manner.

Outline of Content

  1. Great Classroom Questions and Questioning Strategies
  2. Equipping Students with Questioning Prowess
  3. Organizing Investigations Around Questions of Import
  4. Exploring, Discovering, Creating and Reporting
  5. Assessing Progress on Questioning
Jamie has been working on questions and questioning for four decades. This extensive experience allows him to translate the skills and techniques into practical classroom strategies that teachers will find both comfortable and practical.

Research has shown that powerful questioning is an essential element in any effort to improve the comprehension and inference skills of students.

Contact Jamie at mckenzie @fno.org to schedule a day.

Photographs of Jamie leading hands-on workshop for the Department of Defense Schools in Frankfurt, Germany. Photos courtesy of Jack Higbee