Create a Culture of Inquiry in Your Classroom

Questions are the driving force of learning in classrooms. Hacking questions digs into framing, delivering and maximizing questions in the classroom to keep students engaged in learning. 


Scaffold to trigger student thinking without doing it for them 

Kick the IDK bucket to avoid “I don’t know” as the final answer

Punctuate your learning time to end with reflective questions 

Spin the throttle to fuel students to ask questions 

Fill your back pocket with engagement questions


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Workshop #1

Hacking Questions – Foundation Day

All teachers ask questions every day. Literally hundreds of them. How, when, and what questions are posed in your classroom is critical. This is not another sit and get about DOK and levels of questions. Your day will be packed with relevant, useful, and proven strategies that anyone can implement immediately. Everything you learn can be used in your classroom tomorrow. You have questions about questioning? Connie Hamilton will help you find your answers.


Questions are the driving force of learning in classrooms. Dig into framing, delivering and maximizing questions in the classroom to keep students engaged in learning.

Participants will learn how to:

  • Scaffold to trigger student thinking without doing it for them

  • Avoid “IDK” as a final answer to questions

  • End learning time with reflection questions and effective closure

  • Determine when and how to use content vs. engagement questions

  • Activate and facilitate collaborative learning 

Workshop #2 (Prerequisite is Hacking Questions Master Class) 

Scaffolding - Not Spoon Feeding

We have all been in the position when a student is struggling to get to an answer. In an effort to support his/her thinking, we begin to offer help. While scaffolding is a critical part of the learning process, we should use the least amount necessary to maintain a high level of cognitive demand. If you think prompts and cues are the same thing - prepare to have your own "aha" moment. This session will focus on the question-prompt-cue sequence of scaffolding to prevent spoon-feeding information to students. Participants will learn concrete ways to support students through productive struggle and avoiding frustration. We will explore types of prompts that activate prior knowledge and four kinds of cues that trigger recent learning.

Learning Intentions:

  • Identify how prompts and cues differ

  • Create a sequence for scaffolding using questions, prompts, and cues

  • Recognize four categories of prompts and four categories of cues

Workshop #3 (Prerequisite is Hacking Questions Master Class) 


Are your students using textual evidence to support their responses?  Are they accessing their schema to make inferences? Do they exclaim “I can’t find the answer in the book”?  All of these scenarios can be supported by designating a type of relationship between the question and the answer. Also known as QAR. In the session you will learn about four types of questions that require different kinds of thinking for students and why teaching students the QAR could support their learning and your ability to scaffold their thinking.

Learning Targets:

  • Define "right there", "think and search", "author and me", and "on my own" responses to questions.

  • Write questions that align with a QAR.

Workshop #4

Question Formulation Technique

Knowing how to ask effective questions is a skill students should and can learn. However, few schools deliberately teach students how to craft questions. The Formulation Technique, established by The Right Question Institute provides a clear approach to teaching students in all grades how to formulate, prioritize, and select quality questions.

This workshop also supports instructional coaches and school and district leaders who want to encourage more inquiry in the classroom.

In this session participants will:

  • Actively experience the QFT

  • Learn strategies for effective QFT design, facilitation, and trouble-shooting

  • Work with planning tools and classroom resources to begin designing and revising their own lesson with the QFT 


Can't wait to get started Hacking Questions with Connie Hamilton? Check out these free downloadable resources and join Connie's Hacking Questions Facebook Group!

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Connie will push your thinking and equip you with invaluable questioning strategies that all K–12 teachers need to use! She has helped me become more intentional when questioning my students and the results have been remarkable. The best part is that my students are now modeling Connie's techniques when they question each other!

Kristy Babyak, Elementary Teacher

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