The following list of 100 Open-Ended Questions for Groups and Classrooms is a great tool for counselors, psychologists, and teachers. When used appropriately, open-ended questions can be a wonderful way to learn about the way students think and feel about what is going on in your group, club, or class. These open-ended questions can be used as a measure of pre-activity perception or a post-activity reflection.
All of the questions have been grouped into various categories for use, but questions can also be used outside the context of the group category they are presented in. Prior to asking these open-ended questions, school staff should explain to the students that there is no such thing as “right” or “wrong” answers. Teachers and psychologists should also be prepared to accept whatever responses students provide, and be willing to modify or adapt curriculum appropriately for each student or classroom.
The following list includes questions that school counselors and psychologists might ask the students that they work with prior to beginning counseling treatment. Answers to these questions will offer them clues about how the student believes they are most likely to grow through intervention.
The following list includes questions that school counselors and psychologists can ask to facilitate discussions within group counseling and individual counseling sessions.
The following list includes questions that teachers might ask their students at the beginning of a new school year or at the beginning of a new lesson. Answers will help guide the teacher’s instructional methods so that students receive the most beneficial educational experience.
Teachers might ask the following questions after a class or lesson is completed in order to discover which factors about the lesson worked and which factors about the lesson need improvement.
The following list includes questions that might be asked prior to the start of a health class or counseling group. These questions can also be used as a post-class or post-group measure to check for understanding.