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question stems

These question stems and sentence starters are being used in a variety of ways to have students reflect on their learning.

1. Link directly from your class blog homepage to this page and have students copy and paste question stems to their blogs. Remember to encourage variety.
2. Teachers copy and paste a question stem to their blog and have the students respond.
3. Print out the complete set and have the students glue them into a reference book to be referred to.











NB To all these questions the answers - '...because it will be in the test', 'We'll need it when we get older' or 'Mum or Dad think I should know this stuff' are all completely WRONG!
  • Today I explored................ and found....................
  • I think it is important to know about...........because...
  • This new learning will affect me in the following ways...
  • Today I discovered.......... and.....
  • With the learning I did today I will be able to...
  • Today I learned in (Literacy, Numeracy, Languages, Social Studies, Music, Art, Science, Drama, the playground, online, the library etc. )
  • The most challenging thing I did today was...
  • Today I found out...
  • I want to know more about ... and I will find out more by firstly................. then .............. and perhaps...
  • Today I asked... and discovered...
  • The work we did today built on the work we did .....(insert time)..... in that it...(explain how) ..............,
  • At the end of today I am still uncertain about... I get the bit about... but need to clarify the bit about...
  • I smiled today when...
  • Today I explored....... and feel........
  • I believe...
  • My understanding of........... is...
  • The learning we did in ................ relates to our previous learning in the following ways...
  • The difference between .................& .................. is........
  • I left class today knowing several things that I didn't know when I arrived this morning..........(list them)
  • I can now explain why ... it....
  • After today's lessons I can explain how... it.....
  • When faced with not understanding a concept my classmates can do three things. They can...
    .......(learning/concept)...........is important because....
  • I will use the the skills gained in .........................today in my everyday life (list the ways) .....
  • The biggest obstacle I overcame today was......... I did this by.......................
  • I think the causes of....... are.....
  • (insert famous person) would say that... (insert issue/concept/learning) is .... because......
  • I agree with the statement '.................' because...
  • I disagree with the statement '.........................' because ...
  • I would like answers to the following questions...
  • I know ..................... because...
  • I could use these strategies to solve the problem of...
  • I feel that the six most important learnings from today in order of importance were............ because...
  • In my opinion the following changes need to be made ...................... as .....................
  • The consequence of the changes I have suggested would be...
  • The strengths and weaknesses of ................................................. are...
  • I wonder how .......?
  • I wish.........because...
  • I feel............... because....

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David Warlick is one of the 'gurus' of classroom blogging. His stuff is really worth a read.