TEAL Fact Sheet No. 12: Deeper Learning through Questioning

Fact sheet about teacher questioning and student self-questioning. 

Mary Ann Corley
W. Christine Rauscher
Author(s) Organizational Affiliation
American Institutes for Research (AIR)
Publication Year
Resource Type
Number of Pages

When teachers ask higher‐order questions and give students opportunities to develop deep explanations, learning is enhanced across the content areas. This fact sheet focuses on both teacher questioning and student self-questioning. It provides examples of the questions that teachers can ask to encourage deeper student thinking and learning. It also provides sample questions that students can use for peer questioning, and it describes the steps for students’ reciprocal teaching.

Benefits and Uses

This fact sheet can support teachers in refining the types of questions that they ask students, and encourage them to move beyond simple recall and comprehension questions to higher-order questions that encourage deeper learning. Teachers also can use this resource to engage students in peer questioning and reciprocal teaching.

Resource Notice

This site includes links to information created by other public and private organizations. These links are provided for the user’s convenience. The U.S. Department of Education does not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of this non-ED information. The inclusion of these links is not intended to reflect their importance, nor is it intended to endorse views expressed, or products or services offered, on these non-ED sites.

Please note that privacy policies on non-ED sites may differ from ED’s privacy policy. When you visit lincs.ed.gov, no personal information is collected unless you choose to provide that information to us. We do not give, share, sell, or transfer any personal information to a third party. We recommend that you read the privacy policy of non-ED websites that you visit. We invite you to read our privacy policy.