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Diagnostic Questions in the Classroom

Here you will find my video guides to the pedagogy behind my Diagnostic Questions website. These videos should provide you with a good introduction to the site and the classroom methodology that underpins it.

In the Classroom Videos

How do I find a good question?keyboard_arrow_up
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Say you are teaching adding fractions, or solving linear equations, or drawing pie charts. Sometimes you just one that one special question to use in your lesson. In this video I show you exactly how to find it.

When should I ask a diagnostic question?keyboard_arrow_up
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I reckon there are four good times to ask a diagnostic question:
1. At the start
2. Midway through
3, At the end
4. For homework
In this video I look at each of these in turn, discussing good practice in each case.

How can I assess baseline knowledge?keyboard_arrow_up
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Using diagnostic questions at the start of your lessons to assess baseline knowledge is one of the most important ways you can improve your teaching. In this video I share two horror stories from my own past about what happens if you fail to do this.

How do I collect student responses with no technology?keyboard_arrow_up
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Sometimes you don’t want to use technology in the classroom. Fortunately, that doesn’t mean you can’t use Diagnostic Questions! In this video we look at the easiest way to collect in a whole class’ responses.

What is the role of the teacher when students are giving their responses?keyboard_arrow_up
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The role of the teaching following the setting of a diagnostic question is absolutely crucial. In this video we take a look at how a teacher may deal with a set of responses from their students.

How should I deal with different response scenarios from students?keyboard_arrow_up
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Lots of different things can happen when you ask a diagnostic question. In this video we look at several different scenarios, and I share my experience and suggestions for dealing with each one.

How can I use Diagnostic Questions to plan a lesson?keyboard_arrow_up
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I use Diagnostic Questions as an integral part of my planning process for each and every lesson I teach. And it only takes a couple of minutes. In this video, I will show you how.