How often have teachers just begun to explain directions and students raise their hands with questions? How often have we said, "Let me explain the directions first?" or "Hold your questions until I have finished explaining directions?" How often have the same questions been repeated because students are thinking about their own question without listening to the questions of their peers? This "I have a question" sheet will not only give students a check list of problem solving techniques before writing and submitting their question to you, but will also allow students to think of questions relevant to the lesson / task they are working on.
Give your students the opportunity to listen to the entirety of teacher verbal directions and / or read teacher written directions. Help your students to problem solve and advocate for themselves without disruption to your instruction or directions. Students will feel proud of their ability to problem solve and / or write questions that other students may have. They will also learn to hold questions that aren't related or have their questions answered by a peer.