Clinical teachers ask questions to evaluate and promote learner knowledge. However, certain questioning styles risk running counter to this aim by being confusing and eliciting negative emotions in students. “Guess What I’m Thinking” (GWIT)–type questions characterize a problematic questioning style because they can deflate learner confidence in their knowledge and educator confidence in their teaching skills. A GWIT question has been defined as “an open question, to which there are multiple possible right answers, but the educator is only interested in one of them.” GWIT questions present a challenge to clinical educators and learners so a framework for avoiding this type of question offers an opportunity to improve learning.2,3 

In this article from the Council on Medical Student Education in Pediatrics series about great clinical teachers, we explore specific strategies to help clinical teachers ask better questions to promote clinical learning.

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