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Are you a seasoned instructor that wants to take your questioning skills to the next level? Or maybe you want to start asking more questions during instruction, but aren’t sure where to start?

In June of 2007, the ACRL Board approved the Standards for Proficiencies for Instruction Librarians and Coordinators. One of the points in the Teaching Skills standard is to participate in constructive student-teacher exchanges by encouraging students to ask and answer questions. Research has shown that effective teachers ask more questions during instruction and that the frequency of questions is positively related to student achievement.

With so much content to cover librarians may think that there is no time for questions, but questioning can create rich and unique teaching moments. In this session participants will acquire different techniques for establishing trust during instruction. They will also develop a mental set to establish a tone conducive for questioning. Participants will then work in small groups diagramming their instruction spaces and examining their questioning patterns. As a conclusion, the group will create examples of effective questions to use in common library instruction scenarios.

Interactive Session