Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Are we asking the WRONG questions?


 "What people think of as the moment of discovery is really the discovery of the question." - Jonas Salk

As inquiry-based learning continues to gain traction, we revisit what makes a "good" question. Sharing the role of 'QUESTION ASKER' with our students can transform learning in your classroom. Below, the TED talk and resources from the Right Question Institute show the power of learners' discovery through questioning. Learn more about the theory here and see how an elementary math classroom is transformed.

Here is a list of the questions the students asked during the activity:
  1. Is a trapezium a 3D figure?
  2. How many faces, edges, and vertices are in a trapezoid?
  3. Who made up a parallelogram?
  4. Does a parallelogram and a trapezoid have the same amount of sides?
  5. What do the arrows mean?
  6. What are the attributes for a trapezoid?
  7. Why do trapezium and trapezoid have the same first 6 letters?
  8. Does the pronunciation of the words effect the relationship?
  9. What does a parallelogram look like?
  10. What do trapeziums, trapezoids, and parallelograms have in common?

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