Thinking questions—akin to rhetorical questions—are questions NOT to be answered aloud or in writing. They are to be thought about, pondered, mulled over. Attach a tag to the beginning of the question so that students know ahead of time: “This is a thinking question: What is the most important question you asked this week?”
The reason why you would want to do this is because there are times when you don’t want hands to shoot up and interfere with the thinking process, and you don’t want packaged or preconceived ideas to be immediately regurgitated. You REALLY want students to pause and contemplate.
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