In my class I lead a lot of discussions with Questioning that leads to Student Centered Discussions. It's an intentional and planned line of query to get students thinking outside of the box. I want students to reflect on what they already know, their personal experiences, and what they have learned from each other to stretch their thought processes. Questioning and Student Centered Discussions are useful in review so that students can apply what they have learned to their own lives, and they are useful in approaching new material so that students can make connections across disciplines in what they may have already learned in school through other courses, and what they have learned through experience in "the real world."
Here is an example of Questioning used to introduce the Pizzadilla lesson inside of our MyPlate/FoodGroups unit. In this lesson you will also see differentiated considerations based on physical ability because this lesson is geared toward Kindergarten through SEcond Graders where there is a wide range of physical and cognitive development.
Notice in this lesson on the Immune System the use of Questioning, and how the Student Centered Discussions ebb and flow between small group and whole class. Individual journaling sessions also allow for students to process their own experiences and thoughts between small group and large group discussions.