Higher Order Thinking Skills- Quescussion"Quescussion" is a strategy invented by Paul Bidwell in the University of Saskatchewan English Department. The Quescussion strategy represents a shift from making statements to starting to wonder and ask questions. The participants make points as in a normal discussion, but the use of statements is forbidden. Follow these instructions to try the Quescussion strategy:
- Provide a trigger (such as a poem, topic or theme). The trigger might be a problem to be solved, a provocative question or statement, some text or a key word, a video clip, a multimedia presentation, or a website to be analyzed or discussed.
- Have students participate in a discussion that only contains questions.
- Have participants yell “Statement” or make a sound if anyone makes a statement rather than asking a question). Note: This is monitored by the class.
- Do not raise your hand.
- Open-ended questions are preferred to closed questions. “What?”, “Why?” “How?” rather than “Is it true that...?”
- Try to ask questions about feeling as well as facts, try to ask simple knowledge questions as well as sophisticated questions.
- Humor is encouraged, sarcasm is discouraged.
- A question does not have to be directly related to the previous question.
Quote from Website: "Quescussion, as the name indicates, is a type of discussion that is conducted entirely in the form of questions (think Alex Trebek). The professor asks a question or makes a statement to the class (this question should be projected on the screen)."
After exploring the strategy, consider and discuss the following questions using social media with #HEATFramework or posting your response by clicking on Reply below:
- What guidelines must you consider when using Quescussion with your students?
- How could you utilize Quescussion in your classroom?
- What challenges would you face in utilizing Quescussion?
- Do you have other resources or ideas you would suggest for educators exploring ways of fostering student-generated questions?