Good Questions & Inquiry Based learning training

What does a good question do?

A good question challenges and engages students to do the following:


  • Stimulate deeper thinking.
  • Deepen knowledge, understanding, and awareness.
  • Expand knowledge and extend thinking.
  • Pique curiosity, imagination, interest, and wonder.
  • Encourage students to express and share the depth and extent of their learning in their own unique way. 

How could we ask good questions?

Using the best practices and instructional methods addressed in the book Now That's a Good Question!  by Erik M. Francis, participants will explore how one of the most fundamental instructional strategies—questioning—can provide the proper scaffolding to deepen student thinking, understanding, and application of knowledge. You'll learn:

What will we take away from this experience?

  • Recognize the eight types of good questions that promote cognitive rigor.
  • Understand how good questions challenge students to demonstrate higher levels of thinking and communicate depth of knowledge.
  • Use good questions to assess and build background knowledge, set the instructional focus, serve as assessments,  personalize learning, and promote talent development.
  • Analyze how good questions can increase the cognitive complexity and demand of learning activities and assessments.
  • Evaluate responses to good questions for accuracy, acceptability, appropriateness, and authenticity.
  • Create good questions by rephrasing the instructional performance objectives of academic standards and learning targets into statements of inquiry.

trainings and workshops

Now THAT'S a Good Question!

Learn how to rephrase the performance objectives of academic standards and learning targets into good questions that can be used to challenge students to demonstrate higher order thinking and communicate depth of knowledge (D.O.K). 

Teaching and Learning with Good Questions

Learn how to develop and use good questions to engage students to acquire and process the information they need to develop and demonstrate familiarity, understanding, awareness, and expertise.

Good Essential Questions

Learn how to develop and use good essential questions to engage students to explore universal ideas and themes, examine the overarching understandings of subject area, explore the central idea of a unit, and explain their learning in their own unique way.

Assessing and Evaluating Student Responses to Good Questions

Learn how to use the Good Questions (GQ) Scoring Guide to evaluate student responses based on their accuracy, acceptability, appropriateness, and authenticity and to encourage students to choose to accept or improve their grade.

Good Questions for Standards-Based Grading and Learning

Learn how to rephrase the performance objectives of academic standards and learning targets into good questions and use questioning to develop and deliver deeper inquiry based learning experiences.


Assess and Build Background Knowledge with Good Questions

Learn how to engage and encourage students to develop, use, and share good questions to deepen and demonstrate their foundational knowledge of texts, topics, theories, and techniques and to identify and fill gaps in learning.