Firefighter Training

INSTRUCTING THE INSTRUCTOR: EFFECTIVE QUESTIONING TECHNIQUES

Issue 3 and Volume 152.

INSTRUCTING THE INSTRUCTOR: EFFECTIVE QUESTIONING TECHNIQUES BY JOHN B. SACHEN There are many good teaching techniques and methods available to instructors. One technique commonly found to really increase effectiveness is the use of verbal questions. The time, study, and effort necessary to develop good verbal questioning techniques are easily justified by their positive results for both instructors and class members. An important point when an instructor is developing and using verbal questioning skills is the understanding that verbal questioning cannot be used for good or effective testing. Although there are many attributes of good quizzes and tests, the ability of a quiz or test to differentiate or reliably rank class members is among the most important. Since it is virtually impossible to ask verbal questions of equal difficulty of each class member, instructors are prevented from using verbal questions to test or rank. This is a critical point. Instructors must…

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