When is a question not a question?

Does this sound like an archaic riddle to you?  If so, you might not be alone.  However, having the answers to every question means no real growth.  Questions are what spark a desire for us to find an answer.  Have you ever been compelled to answer questions that just sits there nagging at the back of your mind?  I know I do. Look at the ancient form of Zen called the Koan.  It was a statement or questions that sparked great insight into the bigger question.  Socratic methodology follows in this example.  However, as a teacher, when was the last time you inspired a student to ask a meaningful question?  Do your students even know how?

As adults, we know the difference between an open ended and close ended question.  We know when it is appropriate to ask which.  We as teachers know how to dig deeper into a subject through complex open-ended questions; questions that don’t always have an answer.  But do our students?  Have you ever stopped yourself in the middle of a lesson and realized that you are spoon-feeding the students all the information?  Start your daily warm-ups with a statement that challenges a student’s thoughts.  Make them develop complex questions that can lead to deeper understanding and meaning.  That is the purpose behind Make Just One Change: Teaching Students to ask Questions. I challenge you to inspire your students to be better learners through learning better questioning skills! Image

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