PQA–Personal Questions and Answers
This is storytelling and circling personalized. PQA can be used as a stand-alone but is most often woven into almost any other CI approach listed here. It is very easy to be in the midst of a TPRS story and suddenly shift over to PQA. Circling with Balls, above, is a form of PQA.
The teacher shifts attention to a single student and asks that student about something pertaining to him/her. E.g. Susanna, tu laeta ad scholam advenis? (ita) Tu laeta ad scholam cotidie advenis? (frequenter, sed non cotidie). Quo die non laeta tu ad scholam advenis? (quomodo dicitur “Monday”?) Ah, Monday dicitur “die Lunae”. (Die lunae non laeta sum). This whole conversation has been going on between the teacher and Susanna. The teacher now, having found a word that Susannah doesn’t know–die Lunae. Turns and circles that to the class. Discipuli, Susanna non laeta ad scholam advenit, die Lunae! The teacher then proceeds through the entire circling process. The teacher may go back to Susanna and ask her another question, or may see that this has sparked a reaction from another student and move to him/her to ask the same basic questions to them about themselves. PQA is useful in almost any CI approach to zoom in on a student who seems bored or unengaged, or for one who is overly stimulated by the story. It allows the teacher to slow down and go more deeply with one student while others watch–and forget that they are learning.