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How Questions Reflect Growth
I’ve a love hate relationship with questions in class. As a student I was convinced I had the dumbest questions and there was no way I was going to ask them, because, in my head, I just knew everyone was going to fall out of their chairs laughing at me. A few decades later, as a parent and educator, I still have a love hate relationship with questions, only this time, it’s because I’m afraid of not knowing the answer, and also thinking, “What? You mean I don’t know everything?”
Imagine my astonishment when I was filming Jeremy Mettler in class, and he’d responded to a student’s question, with a very calm, “That’s a good question, I hadn’t thought of that,” during a discussion on the government shutdown from a few years ago. Or one of the students in Mr. Holbrook’s class who said “I don’t know” because he knew it was ok to own not knowing.
If educators are going to build creative thinkers then they have to be prepared for questions and they also have to be prepared to not know the answers to the questions.
That’s a lot to wrap your head around, especially when you’re used to being in charge and knowing the answers.
There’s also a very good chance you’re going to tangent from the original learning objective outlined in your lesson plan.
Which is awesome and terrifying at the same time.
Here are some ways to encourage questions in your classroom, and stay on track:
Who’re taking risks.
Who may fail.
And ultimately learn.