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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Sample Questions Applying F. Lyman’s Think-Trix for Student-Generated Questions

When mentoring our pre-service and in-service teachers we need to describe and model both research-based and clinically tested best practices. Accordingly our mentees should know about instructional methods to empower students to generate their own questions. One of those methods is the Think-Trix of * Frank Lyman (1987).

Frank Lyman created the Think-Trix visual cues as a device to prompt students to create their own questions for classroom discussion and inquiry. Each visual cue is designed to empower students to ask different types of questions.

On the top of this post is a chart depicting the seven visual Think-Trix cues representing seven different types of student-generated questions. The third column of the chart lists sample questions related to the Tishrei holidays.
*Lyman, F. (1987) The Think Trix: A Classroom Tool for Thinking in Response to Reading. In Issues and Practices. A Yearbook of the State of Maryland International Reading Association Council. 4, 15-18.

On the next post we will share another instructional method to empower students to generate their own questions, The Q-Matrix of Chuck Weiderhold, Ph.D.

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