The Importance of Questioning in Drama

     Research* shows that questions fire the brain creating new avenues for learning – literally “growing” the brain.  Statements, on the other hand, do not stimulate this kind of activity and may actually “shut down” the brain.  Questioning also guides and enables the brain in the search for meaning, one of its main functions.  Because of the importance of questioning in student learning, each lesson created here on is guided by either an exploratory or essential question

Exploratory questions are those that can be uncovered within the timeframe of the lesson.  They are narrower in scope and usually contribute to a larger overarching question called an essential question (also known as guiding question or inquiry question). 

Essential questions clarify what you want students to learn in dynamic overarching terms and focus learning on universal and transferable knowledge.  They are anchored to the standards and objectives being taught. 

Questioning is an important element in delivering drama.  Drama leaders ask questions to focus enquiry, spark imagination, challenge thought, reflect on work, build community, guide story development, and reach higher order thinking skills.


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*For more articles on questioning, see links below [opens new window]

"Asking Good Questions" by Kenneth Vogler

"What Makes a Question Essential?"  by Jay McTighe and Grant Wiggins