Reflective questioning is a technique in which the mentor asks questions designed to encourage the beginning teacher to discuss and analyze her or his practice.
Asking reflective questions allows the mentor to:
- Initiate conversations that encourage critical thinking
- Prompt the beginning teacher to explore his or her ideas and “make sense” of them
To ask reflective questions:
- Ask open-ended questions based on the beginning teacher’s immediate experience
- Follow-up with questions that elicit more information or deeper thought
- Hold back when you are tempted to give advice
Reflective questioning sounds like:
- Tell me about how you are planning to start the year. What routines will you establish with the students?
- Tell me more about your plans for the conference.
- Last time you told me about a math assessment you were designing. What did you learn about your students from it?