ACTIVE LEARNING TECHNIQUE 21Thick and Thin Questions

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Description and Purpose

In this technique, students keep a running record of Thick and Thin Questions about the lecture content. Thin questions are minimally complex and answerable by listening to the lecture for a direct answer. Answers to Thin Questions are usually short and close-ended, such as a quick fact. Thin Questions tend to ask who, what, when, where, and how many. Thin Questions focus on foundational knowledge, which is essential for establishing the basic understanding that is necessary for higher-order thinking. Asking such questions is useful because it helps students remember ...

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