Multiple choice questioning

Have you ever had children in your class that seem unable or reluctant to verbally answer key questions whether it’s during whole class teaching, small group settings or one-to-one work?

The reasons as to why this could be happening are vast and as individual as the child.  However, today we had a speech and language focussed inset and the speech and language therapist running it shared one very simple way to encourage children with language disorders or delay to answer a question: give them options. In other words, turn your questions into multiple choice.

What colour is the girl’s top? becomes What colour is the girl’s top? Is it red or blue?

This approach is particularly useful for children with word finding difficulties; they know the answer when they see it, but struggle to find the word independently. However, as with many things I have observed and learned about, what is good for children with special educational needs is often also good for all children.

What connective could I use here? Is it but or so?
How could we remove the salt from the mixture? Would we use filtration or evaporation?
What is the x-coordinate? Is it 3 or -2?

I can certainly see how I could use this technique to encourage more confidence with answering questions in almost any year 6 lesson if it was needed.

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