1. Did you like the lesson?
2. What was your favorite ________?
Here is why I do not think these are appropriate questions for preschool lessons. First, these are closed ended questions that do not provide much information. Ask a yes/no question and it gives the child the option of telling you that in fact, "no" he did not like your lesson. Secondly, these questions do not attempt to gauge a child's understanding of concepts from the lesson. Asking questions that cause a child to reflect on the activity would give you more information to determine the children's understanding of the lesson's target purpose. If I ask a child about his or her favorite part of a lesson, I may find out that the sticking point was not my intended goal...which may be a good thing to find out...or I may find out that little Timmy's favorite color is blue and why do I need to know that?
Here are some tips for asking questions that will yield more information:
- limit the amount of questions it isn't a game of 20 questions
- provide time for the kiddos to answer
- don't ask a question if you really do not need or want the answer
- Types of questions
- reconstruction of previous experiences
- relating cause and effect
- imaging something
- proposing alternatives
- using factual knowledge
- decision making