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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Questions without Answers

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This week the Rabbi began his sermon by saying. I am going to ask you a question that I don't really have an answer for. That opening line reminded me of something I read in the book Making Thinking Visible by Ron Richhart. In the book he suggests that to really show the studetns the learning process he challenges teachers to ask questions that they themselves don't know the answer to and investigate and learn together with his/her students to find the answer.  Wow what a great way to model and show the learning process. I think as many in the blog challenge have written about we need at times to take a step back. We need to slow down and allow the natural learning proces to take effect. Learning dosn't happen in a rapid fire question and answer session or by memorizing facts that you could just rattle off. Leaning happens by asking question, when we don't know the answer. By investigating and by searching for the answers. Learning at times is trial and error and making mistakes is part of the process.                

So let's take a step back ask the questions even though we don't know the answers ans allow both we the teachers and out students to see true learning. 

1 comment:

  1. I think we don't take the stance 'teachers as lead learners' nearly often enough...

    Ask those deep questions... the ones that consistently drill deeper & deeper into our brain and won't let go.

    Questions inspire... they innovate... they enrich... they empower... they cultivate & nurture real learning...

    Love this post!