Schools & questioning: Great ideas from teachers and parents


Questioning as a way to learn... and a way to live

Hello <<First Name>>,

I’ve been thinking and writing a lot about education lately, which is appropriate as school starts up again. With that in mind, I want to bring your attention to my recent articles & links on the subject.
back-to_school-icon-140x140-4.2-01_05 ways to help your students (or your kids) become better questioners. I recently wrote an article for Edutopia, the popular education-reform site started by the George Lucas Foundation, about how teachers can encourage more questioning in the classroom.
      I think a lot of this applies to parents, as well: To encourage more questioning outside school, try to find ways to make questioning “safe,” make it cool (by letting kids know all the great stuff that comes from questioning), make it fun, make it rewarding, and make it stick (as a habit that, hopefully, they’ll carry with them for life).  Read the article (on Edutopia) »
WarrenBergerSteveWozniakx200Why it’s so important to answer kids’ questions. A lesson taken from Apple pioneer Steve Wozniak.
LarryFerlazzo“Knowing the answers will help you in school, but knowing how to question will help you in life.” The quote above comes from my recent interview with Larry Ferlazzo for Education Week. Judging by the way the line traveled around on Twitter, it seems to have resonated. The overall interview was great; Larry asked some very good questions, including a particularly interesting one about Bloom’s Taxonomy. By the way, Larry Ferlazzo’s blog is a terrific place for questioning resources: he’s collected many great articles and posts on the subject.
Deborah MeierCan a school be built on questions? {An excerpt from AMBQ} In the book, I feature the story of the education reform pioneer Deborah Meier and her remarkable Central Park East schools. Here’s an excerpt with Meier’s interesting story. 
Q&AblackboardEncouraging student questioning, part II When I did my research for my Edutopia piece (mentioned above) on student questioning, I spoke to a number of teachers for my research but didn’t get to actually quote them in the piece (no space). I also got some great comments from readers after the piece ran. So I thought I might be useful to expand upon the original story by offering up some of the insights and ideas that couldn’t fit in the Edutopia piece—but that are well worth sharing.
Bored KidWhy do we want kids to sit still in class? To finish up this list of posts about kids and school, here’s one of my favorite Beautiful Question sidebars from the book.

Thank you, as always, for your interest in AMBQ, and I hope to continue the conversation with you either via Twitter, Facebook, or on the AMBQ blog.

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