Hypothetical questions asks students to think, ‘what if?’
They are questions which require students to consider how they would feel or act in a potential, or imaginary, future scenario.
Teachers can use hypothetical questions to promote creative thinking, problem solving, evaluation and other higher order thinking skills.
Hypothetical Questions can be used at any stage within a lesson.
They are fantastic when used as a starter activity as they instantly engage students in the lesson and encourage participation, discussion and debate.
However, Hypothetical Questions can be used at any point in the lesson where students would benefit from exploring the topic being taught in a more creative and abstract way.
Hypothetical Questions can also be used during tutorials, enrichment sessions and academic skills development sessions as they are an effective tool for supporting the exploration of ideas, concepts and study skills.
Hypothetical Questions provide an opportunity for students to develop their ability to think philosophically and creatively.
There are no right or wrong answers so hypothetical questions are very accessible for students.
Students will have the opportunity to demonstrate a greater level of confidence when expressing their own views on a topic.
With different viewpoints and ideas being raised by different students, discussions and debates will naturally occur.
Through these discussions and debates students will develop their ability to articulate and justify their own views as well as listen to and appreciate the views of others.