The Art of Questioning

“Questions are the way points on the path of wisdom.” ~ Grant Lichtman

Work on becoming a falconer…lead your learners through the art of questioning.

In his 2012 T³ International Conference keynote address, Dr. David Sousa challenged us to put the question first in problem-solving.  The brain will filter information and pick up what it needs if the question is known first.

“The real revolution in education and training, if it comes, will be overtly our priority from the skills of giving answers to the skills of finding new questions.” ~ Grant Lichtman

Technology offers our learners so many opportunities to tell us what they know and want to know.  The question really is

Can we break the habit of teaching
by the show-and-tell method? 

What if we guide learning through questions?  How will we practice?  What if we hear our learners questions and respond in the moment?  What if we facilitate discussions that prompt consensus building and collaboration?

Can we lead by following?  What can be learned if we listen to and question our learners?  How can we leverage technology to give every child a voice in class?  What do we do to make it safe for our learners to step up to the plate and ask their questions?  We want them think “swing even if you miss.”

The human brain is far too complex an organ to determine that x can’t be taught. ~ Frank Pajares during a discussion in EDS 771


The Falconer: What We Wish We Had Learned in School
by Grant Lichtman (May 24, 2010)

The Art of Questioning
60-Minute Hands-On
 Family of Handhelds, TI-Nspire™ CX Navigator™ System

Jill Gough, The Westminster Schools, Atlanta, GA, USA
Co-Presenter(s): Sam Gough

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