While pondering on these questions, I decided to check out Weimer's blog: "Three Ways to Ask Better Questions in the Classroom." She included some great tips for educators such as preparing the questions you want to ask, playing with questions in different ways, and preserving good questions, whether from another teacher or even a student! She also includes these questions in her blog, "Is it the question that needs to be asked? When is the best time to ask it?" These questions really stuck with me when I explored another source.
The YouTube video about open ended questions gave me a much clearer idea of what is trying to be taught to educators. The author, Stix, gave some great examples: "For what reasons did the American Revolution begin?" "Generate a list of all the places mold could grow." And that's when I finally got it! These open ended questions allow the students to engage in a deeper thinking and reasoning process instead of being hung up on answering the question exactly right with one short answer. I believe this is the type of approach we as future educators should begin to use. Good teaching begins with good strategy, and good strategy begins with asking ourselves the good questions. I also would like to invite you all to explore Stix's blog because she has some great, outside the box ideas about effective teaching strategies.