What makes a good HPQ?
This advice has been prepared by Dylan Wiliam, Christine Harrison and Andrea Mapplebeck. Please bear it in mind when you submit your HPQ or comment on the HPQs submitted by others.
Hinge-point questions are designed to help the teacher to decide what to do next in the middle of a lesson. For this reason, good hinge-point questions:
- are difficult for a student to get the correct answer(s) with the wrong reasoning or knowledge;
- have wrong answers that match the most common student misconceptions or alternative conceptions;
- are quick to answer (in less than two minutes, and ideally in less than one minute);
- allow the teacher to realistically view and interpret all students’ responses in 30 seconds and, ideally, half that time, and so will often be in multiple choice format.