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Curious kids: What makes them question so much? {AMBQ excerpt}

Curious kids: What makes them question so much? {AMBQ excerpt}

…s if they didn’t get a good answer, they were more likely to be dissatisfied and to repeat the original question. The INSEAD professor and questioning expert Hal Gregersen says that if you watch closely what’s happening when kids ask adults questions, “the reason kids ask ‘why’ over and over again is often because we don’t understand their questions, or we’re just not listening. And by asking over and over, they’re saying to us, in effect, ‘You…

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Why do kids ask so many questions—and why do they stop?

Why do kids ask so many questions—and why do they stop?

…of them all over the world) has one goal. To bring everybody on the same (reasonable) level. Build a kind of common sense, communication platform so that we can understand one another. Whether we like it or not, letting the kids ask questions at school does not fit into this picture. You can’t have 30 kids asking the teacher questions. Well, actually you can and then you end up with a small anarchy, which is controlled by the kids. Not the…

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How can we teach kids to question?

How can we teach kids to question?

…s. When her students start thinking in questions, observes the Boston high school teacher Marcy Ostberg, it “seems to unlock something for them.” The process tends to increase the level of student engagement, in part because kids “take ownership” of the questions they’ve raised; they begin to feel invested in them and want to figure out the answers. Rothstein says teachers have been lining up for RQI sessions at teacher conferences around the…

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Why do kids’ questions fall off a cliff?

Why do kids’ questions fall off a cliff?

…ve from elementary school through high school. Check out the green line on the chart to get a sense of how steep the decline is. The story behind the chart can be found in this Gallup blog post which explains that the longer kids stay in school, the less engaged they become. Gallup identifies one of the prime culprits—the “overzealous focus on standardized testing.” As readers of this blog will know, I’ve been exploring this issue for a while,…

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Why do we want kids to “sit still” in class?

Why do we want kids to “sit still” in class?

…focusing on their schoolwork. Their teacher Abby Brown wondered: What if they didn’t have to sit still? Brown learned from the latest research at the Mayo Clinic about “activity-permissive education,” which advocates letting kids move as they learn. Brown then helped design a new kind of school desk with a raised seat that puts the user in a semi-standing position and allows more freedom of movement. With the new desks, her students’ school work…

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How do we put the ‘cool’ in school?

How do we put the ‘cool’ in school?

…raging them to keep questioning and exploring as part of the educational process. Many kids seem to begin their early years of schooling full of curiosity and questions—but by sometime around junior high, a lot of those same kids have become disengaged. When kids stop being curious in school—when they stop wondering and asking—they tune out. That’s when school becomes uncool. I’m covering this a lot in my book, getting insights from people who,…

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Encouraging student questioning

Encouraging student questioning

…udents present their findings.” I really love this idea contributed by teacher Chris Gall, who writes: “I lead every year, every class, with an exercise that serves three purposes: 1) It gives me a writing sample; 2) It gets kids comfortable with me, and my background; and 3) It lets them know that in this room, it is okay to ask questions, that I’ll always answer their questions, and that those questions can seem to be random and off-the-wall….

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Tony Wagner on questioning as a survival skill

Tony Wagner on questioning as a survival skill

…omotion meant they were smarter than people under them, and therefore didn’t listen to those people.” Some other popular posts on kids and questioning: Why do kids ask so many questions—and why do they stop? How can we teach kids to question? Why do kids’ questions fall off a cliff? Preparing students for a world where questioning is a survival skill » Want still more? Click on this graphic to read all the articles on this site about Kids &…

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Preparing students for a world where questioning is a survival skill

Preparing students for a world where questioning is a survival skill

…o ask questions—and some even take pride in the questions they ask. As for making questioning cool? Here’s a thought: Teachers might try pointing out all the “cool stuff” that has resulted from questioning. Those smartphones kids love, and many of the apps on the phones? They only happened because someone was willing to question the status quo. Indeed, kids should know that the true innovators in art, music, even sports—everyone from Beyonce to…

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A blueprint for reinventing our schools

A blueprint for reinventing our schools

…within the proposed changes in teaching/learning—what needs to be changed, in terms of the role of questioning in classrooms? Instead of arranging the classroom around finding the answer to problems, we must shift to letting kids ask great questions. One of the most important skills we need to have is developing a layer of skepticism. Teach kids not to accept anything at face value. Question everything. As Albert Einstein once said, “If I had an…

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