Regents' Center for Early Developmental Education

Questions to Encourage Reflection

A first grader has built a ramp with a somewhat steep starting incline and two corners. His teacher observes him and begins to ask him questions to understand what he is thinking about. Her questions encourage reflection on his actions as well as drawing his attention to the problem.

She does not tell him how to solve the problem but asks him increasingly more specific questions to help him identify what he should do to solve his problem.