Thursday, February 9, 2012
Questioning Strategies... Part Deux
We finished up the second half of our session on Question Strategies with Todd Kettler yesterday afternoon. Topics included a comparison between Kramer (from Seinfeld) and a cell nucleus and choosing between living life as a fraction or a decimal. Let's just say, "I guess you would have had to have been there."
We also continued our discussion of divergent questioning. Our ultimate goal with questioning is for our students to generate ideas. With divergent questions, we learned, you are able to spark/generate ideas while at the same time check for understanding (generally accomplished through basic convergent questions).
One of the things I'm still thinking about is the frequently cited observation that "students come into Kindergarten asking tons of questions but leave high school with no questions at all." What is happening in the middle? What are we doing to kids to stifle their curiosity and their instinct to generate questions/ideas?