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My talk for ASCD includes asking kids good questions that lead to good thinking. What types of questions do you ask kids, either at school or at home? Are most of your questions YES/NO questions? Many of us tend to ask those because they’re quick to think of and quick to respond to! But, they don’t give kids opportunities to THINK! A YES/NO question has a 50/50 chance of being right. Kids can tell by our facial expression that they ‘guessed’ wrong so they switch answers…and NO thinking happens!
Here are a few kinds of questions you might ask kids, let’s say, if you were in a kitchen:
Younger Kids: ASK them things like, “Where is the butter?” Show me. “Where is the lettuce?” Show me. “Where is the milk?” Show me. Then ask, “What sound does butter start with?” Say, “Bbbbb.” “What sound does lettuce make?” Say, “Lllll.” “What sound does “milk start with?” Say, “Mmmm.” Keep this up!
Older Kids: ASK them questions that make them think such as, “How do you think the soap cleans the dishes in the dishwasher?” “Why is there a light in the oven and in the microwave?” “How does toast pop up in the toaster?” “What’s the difference between the freezer and the refrigerator?”
Ask good questions and you’ll encourage good thinking skills…eventually, you’ll get some good answers! Keep at it…
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