Role of teacher questions used in brainstorming
Bring to the surface student knowledge.
- Who can think of...?
- What do you know about...?
- What are some examples of...?
These questions are used extensively at the beginning of the brainstorming session.
Ensuring the theme is expanded gives more opportunities for students to find an area that interests them.
- What are some other types of energy?
- How could we heat something if there was no electricity?
These questions are often used in the early stages of brainstorming.
Eliciting links between ideas can make areas more relevant.
- Is there a link between solar energy and plants?
- Do people dry their wet washing in different ways?
Sometimes student suggestions are not clear. Clarification questions can help students communicate their ideas and prompt the ideas of other students.
- What aspect of energy conservation are you interested in?
- Can you give me another example of a time when you....?
Some ideas can be analysed with the view to develop practical investigations.
- What are some of the features of wind turbines that could be tested here at school?
- Could we use energy from the sun to cook something?