In the past, teachers asked the questions and students answered them – if they could. But just because it’s always been done that way, it doesn’t mean it should continue to be done that way. A number of teachers are now encouraging students to both ask and answer questions! That was the topic of my Studentcentricity discussion with Aleta Margolis, Dan Rothstein, and Jason Flom.
Following are additional thoughts from Aleta and Dan. They provide some excellent rationale for reflection.
From Aleta come these takeaways:
The kinds of questions that we ask of young people and the kinds of questions we teach them reveal how we fundamentally see children. Inspired Teaching sees children as "potential-full" people and so we equip children with the kinds of life-long learning questions that empower them to become the future community builders, makers, creators, inventors, innovators, and caretakers that they have the potential to be. The following paragraphs, from the Inspired Teaching Guidebook, capture the essence of this:...