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Hinge questions hub

Which of the following is true?  A hinge question is…

Hingea) A powerful formative assessment tool
b) A sophisticated way to use multiple choice questions
c) A useful way to elicit evidence of students’ achievement
d) A way to read students’ minds

Answers a-c certainly, and I’d make a claim that hinge questions are the nearest to mind-reading a teacher can achieve with a whole class.

This page collects everything I’ve done on hinge questions and has links to others working on hinge questions, which I’ll aim to keep up to date.

Blog posts

1) Introducing hinge questions – What are hinge questions?  How do they work?
2) Hinge questions in history – How do hinge questions work in humanities teaching?
3) 28 history hinge questions – (not all very good and in need of refinement)
4) Refining my construction of hinge questions – How should hinge questions be designed?
5) Revisiting hinge questions – (reflections on their use & a brief snippet of video)


What are they really thinking?  The closest you’ll get to mind reading in the classroom – a presentation introducing hinge questions delivered for the Brilliant Club, May 2014
[My TLT 13 presentation is crashing as I try to upload it, but I’ll aim to get it up soon].


Teachers who have wrestled with hinge question design in specific subjects:
English: Joey Bagstock
Geography: Simon Renshaw, Liz Bentley-Patterson
Maths: Nik Doran, Terry Tao
Science: Damian Benney, Darren Mead (and see also the AAAS collection of student misconceptions).
(Please let me know what else I should include here)

Using hinge questions

This post by Doug Lemov explains how Brian Belanger ensures students truly benefit from the hinge question.


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