Asking the “right” Questions Matters in Dialogues about Learning

Here’s an example/excerpt from

Curiosity: It Helps Us Learn, But Why? By Maanvi Singh, Published Oct 24, 2014

“How does a sunset work? We love to look at one, but Jolanda Blackwell wanted her eighth-graders to really think about it, to wonder and question.

So Blackwell, who teaches science at Oliver Wendell Holmes Junior High in Davis, Calif., had her students watch a video of a sunset on YouTube as part of a physics lesson on motion.

“I asked them: ‘So what’s moving? And why?’ ” Blackwell says. The students had a lot of ideas. Some thought the sun was moving; others, of course, knew that a sunset is the result of the Earth spinning around on its axis.”

Once she got the discussion going, the questions came rapid-fire. “My biggest challenge usually is trying to keep them patient,” she says. “They just have so many burning questions.”



3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. laughplayread
    Feb 07, 2015 @ 05:03:08

    Reblogged this on laughplayread.


  2. Brian
    Feb 12, 2015 @ 19:33:26

    Your final point seems to be a key one… even now in my adult life I find myself getting distracted by “spin-off” topics, rather than keeping my single-minded attention on the main subject.

    Thanks for sharing.


  3. Trackback: My attention deficit… | BMH Online

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