“I cannot teach anyone anything; I can only make them think.” ~ Socrates
Watch out! I’m ’bout to get all Socratic up in this classroom!
One of my goals for this school year is to improve and expand my use of questions.
I mean this in the broadest possible context. I want to ask more and better questions.
- …that get students thinking, discussing, even arguing
- …to help them move forward
- …to deepen their thinking
- …to assess understanding
- …rather than lecturing, when dealing with students’ behavior choices
- …with colleagues to help move discussions forward or improve the functioning of our PLC
- …with myself, to improve my reflection on my teaching practice
So, now that I’ve stated this goal, I need to attack it!
I’m going to come up with some key questions that I can use and practice. I’ll keep a cheat sheet handy in class.
More importantly, though, is a mindset of questioning. I have been and will continue to push myself to go to the question first when reaching for an arrow in my proverbial teaching quiver.