Rather than giving students information, using oral questions can call upon their background knowledge and previous experience to reason out the answer, thus promoting mental activity.
When students are allowed to participate in a lesson and contribute to its success, interest is maintained to a much greater degree than if students only sit and listen to the instructor.
It provides only a random sampling of the class. Use some type of student response system so that one student does not answer all questions.
- It is not "thought provoking", as a yes or no answer is all that is required.
- It is not clearly and easily understood, as answers such as rifling, bullets, pullthrough, air, etc., could be received.
- It is not "composed of common words". In plain language the question merely asks "When the gunner freezes, — how do you get him out?"
To allow ALL students to mentally formulate an answer before calling on any specific individual to answer.
To ensure no doubt is left in the student's mind as to what is the correct answer.
Ask for the answer to be repeated so all the class can hear.
The instructor cannot determine who provides correct or incorrect answers. Student confusion may result.
Providing it does not interefere with the outcome of the lesson, students should be encouraged to ask questions at any time they are not clear on a point or have some doubt about what the instructor is saying.
Politely reject the question without offending the student and state that you would prefer to discuss it after class.
Don't bluff. Admit you do not know the answer but you will find out and let them know.