Twinkl Education Blog
2 Mar '17

Question Prompt Lanyard

Questioning Prompts for AdultsQuestioning is an important tool to gain insight into finding out what a child has learnt. Questioning increases participation and encourages active learning. Asking questions helps to develop critical thinking skills. However, thinking of appropriate questions to ask is not easy on the spur of the moment. When I am rushed I tend to only ask closed questions which means I miss opportunities to evaluate a child’s learning.

To solve this problem Twinkl have created handy sized Questioning Prompts for Adults. These are a set of open ended questions that attach to a lanyard. The small cards can be printed, laminated and then placed around your neck. Whenever you are stuck for an appropriate question or need some question inspiration then you can refer to the lanyard throughout the day. Wherever you go the question lanyard can go with you enabling you to have a range of questions to ask in an instant to support learning. When the lanyard is not in use it can be easily stored on a hook.

Question Prompts

Since using the Questioning Prompts Lanyard I have stopped asking yes-no questions and leading questions. A leading question is one that is phrased in such a way that it suggests its own answer. This discourages children from thinking on their own.

Question ideas

In the past I have had a tendency of asking too many questions at once. I realised when I did this I wouldn’t get an answer because the child was unsure which question I wanted them to answer. The lanyard helped me to focus my questioning which in turn encouraged discussion and active learning.

Question lanyard

When using the lanyard for prompts it is important to remember to allow time for the child to think and formulate a response. Waiting 5-10 seconds will allow time for a more complex answer. I am guilty of not allowing enough time. If I haven't had a response within a few seconds I realised that I ended up answering the question myself. However, this tells the child that if they do not answer than someone else will do the thinking for them. The question prompt lanyard reminds me to slow down and wait for a response. If a child is unable to answer after sufficient time for thinking has passed then it’s useful to rephrase the question.

Prompts for questions

TIP: Add the question prompt cards to a key ring before placing it on the lanyard. This ensures that the cards do not fall off of the lanyard if you fiddle with the clip.

Prompt questionsSchool lanyardWhilst wearing and using the question prompt lanyard at home I noticed an unexpected advantage. My son has started to ask me similar questions. Through modelling the process of asking a question it has given him a toolbox of ideas enabling him to extend his own question repertoire. Furthermore I have noticed that he has been asking himself questions to access what he has learnt.

Twinkl has a wide range of lanyard resources to be used across the curriculum and for different year groups. Take a look at lanyards that can assist with the EYFS profile, Reading Comprehension Objectives, Sentence Starter ideas and a huge range of maths objectives across the curriculum. They are all ideal to be used as reference throughout the day to make valuable assessments about children’s knowledge.

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