Pose, Pause, Pounce, Bounce!!

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PPPBHi everyone, todays post is all about a questioning technique which I have found to be extremely useful in the classroom, so I thought I’d share it with you in case you aren’t aware of it. I came across this strategy at university, but we only briefly looked at it, so I went away and found more information about the technique. I found the most useful source to be Ross Morrison McGill founder of Teacher Toolkit. Ross explains the strategy very well on his website available here, and has shared it on The Guardian Teacher network. I must stress however that Ross is not the creator of this technique, but can be traced to Mrs Pam Fearnely an Ofsted consultant.


The assessment technique has proven popular across many subject areas, see a video here of the strategy in action in a physical education class. Pose, pause, pounce, bounce is simple yet effective. If you struggle with questioning techniques in your lessons then you really need to give this one a try and you will instantly see the results. So, i’ll now explain the concept.

The first step; 1. Pose – This is where you will ask the question, to the whole group.

The second step; 2. Pause – This is where you will hold the classes thoughts, get them thinking, and give them time to deepen their answers. The great thing about this part of the technique is that no student knows if you are going to choose them to answer or not, so they have to be thinking of an answer unless they want to be caught on the spot.

The third step; 3. Pounce – This is where you will direct the question at one student in particular. You pounce on them to answer. Just a bit like Tigger from Winne the Pooh.

The final step; 4. Bounce – this is where you then ask another student/group to build on the answer, or for their opinion immediately after the pounce response. This is a great way to get differentiation into your lessons as well as you may have asked a lower ability learner a knowledge question, then you can ask a more able student an application question and so on in line with Blooms (1956) taxonomy of questions.

Source: Google Images

Below is a cartoon from Teacher Toolkit of the strategy in action.

Source: Teacher Toolkit

This strategy really is fantastic when utilised properly into the classroom, aiding your assessment for learning, assessment of learning and your differentiation. Personally my questioning is something which I got picked up for in my observations during my PGCE, but I have started to use this technique and made vast improvements and my grades have too!

Teacher Toolkit have a resource available through TES which has over 10,000 views and Ross says it is one of his favourite strategies to use in the classroom, and definitely helps to achieve ‘Outstanding’. So why wouldn’t you give it a go?

Here’s a sneak peak at the resource available on TES wesbite;

Source: Teacher Toolkit and TES

So give it a try, and tell everyone else about it, lets get some fantastic questioning going on in the classroom.

Feel free to drop me a message or a comment below if you have any questions, or want to tell me if you use the strategy and how you find it.

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