100 Open-Ended Questions for Groups and Classrooms

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.

Questions for the Counseling Setting

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. 

  1. If I want to be well, I will have to . . .  
  2. To feel better, I need to . . .
  3. To have better friends, I need to . . .  
  4. To feel better about myself, I need to . . .  
  5. To get  along with my parents better, I need to . . .  
  6. To handle peer pressure better, I need to . . .  
  7. To be more physically well, I need to . . .  
  8. To have better nutritional wellness, I need to . . .  
  9. To have a better sense of purpose for my life, I need to . . .  
  10. To handle stress better, I need to . . . 
  11.  Who are you? What defines who you are?
  12. Wellness (Group or Classroom Guidance) classes are . . .

The following list includes questions that school counselors and psychologists can ask to facilitate discussions within group counseling and individual counseling sessions.

  1. My biggest worry is . . .  
  2. My biggest family risk factor is . . .  
  3. My biggest personal risk factor is . . .  
  4. It doesn’t matter to me that I . . .  
  5. I am most proud  of . . . 
  6. I don’t care about . . .  
  7. I need to do something about . . .  
  8. I don’t see any need to . . .  
  9. What scares me most about life is . . .  
  10. What excites me most about life is . . .
  11. I dream that one day . . .
  12. Stress is . . . 
  13. Love is . . .
  14. Health is . . . 
  15. Illness is . . . 
  16. Friends are. . . 
  17. Parents are. . . 
  18. Some friends are. . .
  19. Best friends are. . . 
  20. My friends are . . .  
  21. My friends see me as . . . 
  22. I see myself as . . .  
  23. The thing I like most about myself is . . . 
  24.  The thing I like least about myself is . . .
  25. I look forward to . . .   
  26. I dread . . .  
  27. Other people, usually. . . 
  28. You are really successful when . . .  
  29. When people think of me, they usually . . .
  30. When I was a child. . . 
  31. I want to be. . . 
  32. I really want . . . 
  33. My dream is to . . . 
  34. This group is . . . 
  35. Health professionals can’t . . .  
  36. If I could change one thing in the environment it would be . . .  
  37. The most important thing in my life is . . .  
  38. If I had the power to do so, I would change . . .
  39. My wish for the world is . . . 
  40. My wish for my family is . . .   
  41. My wish for myself is . . .  
  42. I need to be loved because . . .  
  43. I am loved by . . .  
  44. I belong to . . .
  45. I like myself when . . .  
  46. I don’t like myself when . . .  
  47. I like other people when . . .  
  48. I don’t like other people when . . .  
  49. The person who means the most to me is . . .
  50. Compassion is . . .
  51. I hope... 
  52. I wish. . . 
  53. I fear. .. 
  54. I want. ..
  55.  I am afraid of. .. 
  56. I envy...
  57. Teenagers are . . .  
  58. Most of us feel . . .  
  59. The best way to feel good about yourself is . . .

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.

  1. This year I hope to learn . . .
  2. In today’s class I hope . . . 
  3.  Most teachers are. . .     
  4. I think it is unfair when . . .  
  5. What I really like about wellness (Group or Classroom Guidance) classes is . . .
  6. Where I’d like to improve most is. . .
  7. Five years from now . . .  
  8. Ten years from now . . .  
  9. This class is . . . 
  10. I need. . .
  11.  The best teacher in the world . . .

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.

  1. I learned that I . . .  
  2. I realized that I . . . 
  3. I relearned that I . . . 
  4. I was surprised that . . .  
  5. I noticed that I . . . 
  6. I was pleased that I . . .  
  7. I discovered that the class . . .  
  8. I was displeased that . . .
  9. In today’s class I am sorry I . . .
  10. Today’s class would have meant more if . . .

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.

  1. Drugs are. . . 
  2. Smoking is. . .
  3. Sex is . . .    
  4. Nutrition is . . .  
  5. Fitness is . . .
  6. Sexual responsibility is . . .  
  7. The part of my body where I collect tension is . . .
  8. My body is . . .  

 

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