Counterfactual Questioning- GREAT STARTER

You will need

– Background knowledge of the subject area
– Higher order questions prepared for the lesson

How It Works

– Counterfactual questioning works on asking extended questions in response to an answer that are based on ‘but if that was not the answer’. Questioning pupils to encourage them to think deeply and theoretically in your lessons.

– For example, a teacher my deliver the question ‘…What if Hitler never invaded Poland?’. Pupils then delve into the possibilities that could have occurred across the globe had Hitler NOT invaded Poland. This will help strengthen the pupils knowledge of the actual topic area and gain a greater understanding of what they require!


– Have two sides of the class debating the two sides of the questioning
– Get pupils to devise counterfactual questions- delve into their depth of knowledge

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