Language of Learning Model/Blank

Blank Model

Ref: Blank, Rose and Berlin 1978

Examples of level 2 questions

Asking who, what, where questions when information is given.

For example:

‘Sam played football on the school field and kicked Joe.’

  • Who did you kick?
  • Where was Joe?
  • What was Joe doing?
  • Who was there?
  • When did it happen?

Level 3 questions / instructions

  • I want you to listen carefully, take off you football boots and wait for me with Mrs Smith.
  • Tell me what happened to Joe
  • Tell me what you did
  • What might happen next?
  • How is Joe feeling?
  • How do you feel now?

Level 4 Questions

  • Why did you kick Joe?
  • What could you have done instead?
  • Why will you get detention?
  • How can you tell Joe is upset?
  • Mr Taylor is disappointed in you. What does disappointed mean?
  • What will you do next time?

At secondary school all of these skills are needed. Imagine a scenario where there has been a fight. What questions would you ask for each of these?

Question Mark

It is important to ask the student questions s/he can understand if you wish to resolve issues around incidents in the classroom or during unstructured time. The following Incident Form may help.

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Last updated: 26 October 2015

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