"A good question is never answered. It is not a bolt to be tightened into place but a seed to be planted and to bear more seed toward the hope of greening the landscape of idea."
-- John Ciardi, author
All words related to questioning-question, quest, query, inquiry-come from ancient roots meaning "to go in search." Teachers question to search for students' existing knowledge, to encourage students to stretch their thinking and responses, to model problem-solving thinking processes, and to help students clarify their ideas. It becomes a cooperative relationship when a teacher dignifies an answer and deepens it, leading the student to further questing.
GrowLab classrooms are fertile ground for planting and exploring questions. Through each phase of the teaching cycle in GrowLab: Activities for Growing Minds, open-ended questions create a positive atmosphere for thinking and learning by encouraging students to hypothesize, give and justify opinions, express feelings, and share ideas. The reproducibles, such as "Plant a Question," page 282, and "Problem Solving for Growing Minds," page 283, guide students as they explore their own questions. Also consider using some of the strategies below with your growing explorations to help expand and refine your students' questioning and response skills.
We'd also like to hear about strategies you use to encourage students to plant questions, to evoke thoughtful student responses, and to respond to student questions.
Questioning Quickies to Stretch Thinking
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