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219. Good question, Bad question 1

It’s been a while since I’ve done a step by step instruction post, so I thought I would share this lesson on questions and surveys.


  • To understand bias in questions
  • To consider how to structure answer options.


  • Exercise books or paper
  • Pens
  • Ruler/straight edge
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Step 1

Write out your usual headings: title, date, objective etc. Cut across the page to the spine. Stick the title page to the lower page.

Step 2

Fold the lower half of the page in half and cut down the fold.

Step 3

Fold the loose piece of paper into four equal pieces. Mark the fold positions in the book.


Step 4

Draw horizontal lines across both the upper and lower pages. Cut the upper page to the spine along those lines to make four flaps.

Step 5

Continue the horizontal lines on the lower page under the flaps

Step 6

Label the flaps as shown

Step 7

Give examples of bad questions, good questions, bad response boxes and good response boxes

Step 8

Under each flap justify why each question or response is good or bad.


My class really enjoyed this activity – one of them even wrote it in their feedback. The following are examples from my class. You might even spot some RAG123 on their pages. Follow @ListerKev or search #rag123 on Twitter to find out more.



102. Can you stay out of the Boardroom?


The Apprentice regularly features its contestants failing to listen to what people want, often with disastrous results.

  •  They carry out market research with the wrong people or not enough people.
  • They assume the people they are asking are brilliant or thick. Seriously, you won’t find a world class wine expert working in the local supermarket!
  • They don’t change their product to meet the needs of the people.
  • Worse than that – they ignore the brief!

It all of this leads to one place: The Boardroom

Can your pupils avoid being fired?

I’ve been using ‘The Apprentice’ as an inspiration for a data handling project for years and I’ve finally typed up a resource to go with it.

Download Would Lord Sugar invest in you? worksheet

65. Survey Monkey


If you need to collect a lot of data or want to encourage pupils to consider how data collection can be carried out then Survey Monkey is the website for you.

A basic membership is free: it allows you to create and carry out a 10 question survey online.

A paid for membership allows you to customise your survey and download the results. The survey can be longer than 10 questions.

I’ve introduced SurveyMonkey to the staff where I teach. We have used it to survey pupils on their opinions of feedback/marking in books, pupil experience of IT, staff implementation of IT, feedback from CPD sessions, data collection for Masters research and even collecting food orders for parents evening!

In class, you could also use it to start a discussion on bias, types of question, how appropriate different charts are and why companies use sites like SurveyMonkey to collect consumer data.

33. Infographic 1

This made me laugh:


Originally seen on Pinterest, linking to Fail blog

The main thing that caught my attention was how the infographic is constructed and how it could be used for other tasks. It’s made using Grafio. The app is available as a lite (free) version or a paid business version (£5.99 at the time of posting). Not available on Android devices.