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Ask Great Questions

This is a #mustread on student questioning.

sonya terborg

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I seem to write a lot about questions. The more I look into them, the more I see the massive potential they have to revolutionize the way we teach and the way students learn.

In preparing to share some ideas on questions at our faculty meeting, I came across an article about questions.  The article reflected on the results of a study in which they found that mothers are the people in the world who are asked the most questions each day.  And that the most inquisitive of question askers are four year old girls, who seek answers to an incredible 390 questions per day – averaging a question every 1 minute 56 seconds of their waking day.

I began the meeting by sharing the five most difficult questions kids ask – an interesting mix of curiosities (check out the presentation to see them).

All this was to lead into…

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Learning Demands Flexible and Interactive Spaces

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#LL2LU Fractions – we are smarter than me & modeling C’s – #MPVschool & #TrinityLearns

Experiments in Learning by Doing

A new definition of strength: Can we learn together? What if we collaborate, ask for feedback, and lean in to leverage expertise and perspective of others?

If we truly believe in communication, collaboration, and the other C’s, how are we – as lead learners – modeling and taking action?

<Note the timestamps in the following communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and problem-solving.>

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“Hear” snippets of Nicole’s thoughts as she is developing the assessment shown above:

  •  I’m  writing a mathematics unit for a grade level that I have never taught to learn, to  help my team, to help our young learners.
  • This is hard.
  • I’m trying to model backwards design unit planning (Grant Wiggins hung the moon, most recently evidenced by his math blog post today). Stage 2 (How will I know when they have learned it?) must come before Stage 3 (the learning plan). Teachers should have access to the assessments…

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