Asking Good Questions

Asking Questions

Asking questions is a basic way to gather information. But like everything else, there’s a skill to it. Asking open-ended questions is a friendly way to engage people in a conversation. Knowing the difference between open-ended and close-ended questions will help you tremendously in your career and social life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Understanding Open-Ended Questions

Know what an open-ended question is.

An open-ended question is a question that requires a full answer using the subject’s own knowledge or feelings. These questions are objective, don’t lead the person being asked, and result in an answer with many  words.

Examples of open-ended questions are:
“What happened after I left?”
“Why did Jim leave before Susan?”

“Tell me about your day at work.”
“What do you think about the new season of this TV show?”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Closed-ended questions

A closed-ended question is answered in a short or single-word answer. They are used to obtain facts and specific pieces of information.

Examples of closed-ended questions are:
“Who will you choose?”
“What brand of car do you own?”
“Did everyone finish all the cake?”
Closed-ended questions bring conversations to a halt. They don’t invite people to elaborate, talk about themselves, or give the questioner much information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 The Language of Open-Ended Questions

To make sure you actually ask open-ended questions, you need to understand the language involved.

Open-ended questions begin with the following words: why, how, what, describe, tell me about…, or what do you think about…
Although “tell me about” does not begin a question, the result is the same as asking an open-ended question.
Closed-ended questions also have a specific language. If you want to avoid closed-ended questions, don’t start questions with the following verbs: are/was, did/did, will, won’t, didn’t, aren’t, would, if.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Conclusion
Use open-ended questions for meaningful answers. One of the main reasons to use open-ended questions is to obtain deep, meaningful, and thoughtful answers. Asking questions in this way invites people to open up, because you are showing that you are interested in what they have to say

 

Big Screen Consultation Process

The City of Greater Dandenong  interviewed and videoed some children from our School as part of their community consultation process. The students were asked to share their ideas about the possibility of including a big screen as part of the Community Precinct redevelopment.

This was a great opportunity for our students to have their say about developments in their local community.

What are your thoughts about having a big outdoor screen in our community?

If we were to include an outdoor big screen as part of the development would you be more likely to visit the public space?

What would you like to watch on the big screen?

What would make you want to visit the community space?

If you could program the screen for a day what would you put on there?

Crazy Hair Day

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This term we had Crazy Hair Day. The reason for this was because everyone wanted to do an activity for the whole school and for cancer research. Everyone had to bring a gold coin donation. People came to school with some wonderful, weird and crazy hairstyles.

 

We had a treasure hunt where peoplehair2 had to go looking for clues to find the mystery person from a selection of photos of children with unusual hairstyles. The first two people to identify the mystery person won a prize. Prizes were also awarded to students with creative hairstyles.

 

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At the end of the day everyone had a great time being at school with their crazy hairstyles and we raised $600 for Peter Maccallum Cancer Centre as well!

 

Street Design with the City of Greater Dandenong

On Wednesday May 25 the Student Representative Council  proudly participated with the City of Greater Dandenong in a consultation process for the Springvale Road Boulevard Project.

Major improvements are planned for the Springvale Road area between Virginia Street and St James Avenue and students at our school were asked to provide a voice from the children’s perspective.

By working with our students the City of Greater Dandenong aimed to:

  • Understand the children’s opinions and feelings about Springvale Road and its surrounds;
  • Document the children’s typical movements through the site;
  • Seek and capture the children’s vision and ‘big picture’ aspirations for the site;
  • Ensure children’s voices and visions are included within the Design Framework.

The students met with Phin Murphy and  Wayne Deklijn, landscape architects to develop an understanding of the site from a bird’s eye perspective. Using Google Earth and Maps students investigated the layout of the Springvale shopping area. They developed an understanding of street scaping so that they could identify the site’s best features and so that they could provide ideas on how the street could be improved.

Students walked down Springvale Road with the architects and discussed their ideas.

They placed a trail of where they walk around Springvale on a large site map and they used drawings and used words to share their aspirations.

The students learnt so much about street scaping, landscape architecture, mapping and design. They also developed a greater understanding of the role the City Council and its impact on their local community.

We would like to thank Colleen Johnson from the City of Greater Dandenong for inviting us to participate in such a value project. We appreciate the opportunity and feel honoured to have our voice heard as part of the local community.

  • What would you change about Springvale to make it a better place?
  • What could be added to the street, footpaths or alleyways to make Springvale Road more appealing?

The City of Greater Dandenong Children’s Forum

On Tuesday 24 May Child Friendly City2016, 4 members of our Student Representative Council participated with 20 other local primary schools in The City of Greater Dandenong Children’s Forum.

During the day  students had the opportunity to work with council members and activity presenters to voice their ideas and opinions about important community events and projects.20160524_133754

 

 

 

 

 

Our students participated in the following workshops

Workshop 1: ‘Public space and my neighbourhood’

Students:

  • Learnt about how cities and neighbourhoods are designed
  • Talked about how people use outdoor spaces
  • Walked to Palm Plaza and assessed the outdoor site
  • Recorded ideas on how we can make outdoor spaces better for children

Workshop 2 ‘Children’s Festival and fun activities’

Students worked with a local artist to visually present what would make the Greater Dandenong Children’s Festival the best Festival in Melbourne!

It was a brilliant event and we hope we will have the opportunity to participate again next year!

  • Have you been to the Children’s Festival called ‘The Little Day Out?’
  • What things do you think a children’s festival should have to make it fun for kids?

Lego Master Builders Competition

This September the Student Representative Council organised a school wide Master Builders Lego Competition. Each class was provided with sets of Lego and students worked in pairs to design many amazing and very creative pieces.


Students worked together to build homes, robots, vehicles and some weird and wonderful machines. All winners from each of our classrooms were photographed.

The SRC judged a winner from each level and these students received a Lego Basics set as their prize.

Congratulations SRC for another successful and fun-filled activity!

What did you like the most about the Lego competition?

Explain why you might like to do this again next year?

Party Games

In response to our recent junior school DSCF2212survey we organised a number of party games for our younger school students. The children rotated through  a number of traditional and entertaining activities.

CongratuDSCF2223lations to the SRDSCF2214C who remained enthusiastic  and focused as they led their activity over 36 times!

The follow party games were enjoyed by all:DSCF2224

  • Pin the tail on the donkey
  • Twister
  • Musical Chairs
  • Capture the flag
  • Steal the treasure
  • Hit the deck

Well done SRC it was another successful event!

Which activity did you enjoy the most and why did you like it?

Principal for the Day 2015

This is the 2nd time our Principal for a dayschool has participated in Principal for the Day. It is an excellent way to highlight the importance of student voice and student leadership within our school.

Principal Tyson was already well known to many of the students at our school because of his friendly outgoing personality so of course he was a popular choice when elected.

You can read all about is experience as Principal for a day by clicking on the link below.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW PRINCIPAL TYSON’S NEWSLETTER

What do you think Principal Tyson enjoyed most about this special day?

What would you like to do if you were Principal for a day?

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