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CORE Education's Trevor Bond helps us understand how to build active learners who ask questions.
Student Questioning Skills - Notes
Research shows that we are growing question answerers:
- 50% of questions are generated at home
- 10% at pre-school
- 0.08% at high school
- focus on answering teachers questions
Difference between a question answerer and questions asker:
Q Answerer: All they can do is share knowledge in their head.
Q Asker: Somebody who can think, find information, get the things that they need to solve problems, to think deeper and wider, to see new perspectives.
"If we go on doing what we have always done, we will go on getting what we have always got".
Neil Postman - Teaching as a subversive activity - Questioning being our most important intellectual tool.
Cleaver teachers may provide experiences/learning that create stimuli for child's thinking
- When that stimuli kicks in, there will then be that moment of cognitive dissonance.
- The stimuli has kicked in, then the questions will follow.
"Thinking is the process of asking and answering questions in your head".
Moment three - negotiates questions - where student thinks whether or not they have the right to ask.
- Time constraints, teacher planning, and teacher attitude can hold back those critical question moments.
- Fighting against it.
What does this mean in reality in the classroom?
- Have to change the environment - have to change messages/body language.
- Start out as three year old - full of questions - effective learners.
- Stop the negative signals - encourage it.
- Any time a kid has asked a question, celebrate they have! - even if irrelevant.
- Rather than answering it straight away, help the student to clarify exactly what it is they are asking.
- Framework - questioning waka