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Molly Ness

Molly Ness (M.Ed. ’03 Engl Ed; Ph.D. ’06 Reading) Molly Ness

The Question is the Answer: Supporting Student-Generated Queries in Elementary Classrooms
by Molly Ness,
Rowman & Littlefield, 2015

Ness is an associate professor of childhood education at Fordham University’s Graduate School of Education in New York City.

Did you know…
• On an average day, mothers typically are asked an average of 288 questions by their children aged two to ten (Frazier et al., 2009).
• Parents field one question every two minutes and 36 seconds, or between 400 and 1200 questions each week. Within one year, children have posed 105,120 questions! (Chouinard et. al, 2007).

The Question is the Answer is a guide to helping young readers generate text-based questions. The purpose of this book is to help teachers and parents value and promote student-generated questions to facilitate motivation, engagement, and cognitive development. The ability to generate questions offers profound cognitive, academic, and motivational benefits. In classrooms today, the Common Core State Standards demand that young children pose higher-level questions about a variety of text. This book strives to address the following essential questions:
• If children are naturally curious on their own, why don’t they generate more questions in PreK – Grade 5 classrooms?
• What about the nature of instruction might discourages question generation?
• How can parents and teachers effectively guide children to pose questions?
• What happens in homes and classrooms where kids are asking questions?
• How can teachers and parents carve more space to honor and promote the delightful questions our children are naturally asking?

The book’ benefits and special features include the following:
• Historical roots of question generation
• Research supporting question generation
• Tried-but-true question generation strategies
• Classroom examples and vignettes highlighting question generation instruction in today’s classrooms
• Connecting question generation to today’s Common Core State Standards
• Connecting question generation to today’s systems of teacher evaluation
• Graphic organizers, student work, and reproducibles ready to implement

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