10 questions learners shouldn’t ask…

Curiosity is the key to learning. If you read this blog, you know how much I value a culture of questioning and thinking. But there are some questions I would rather hear less frequently in the classroom. Okay, I might not answer some of them in quite this way, but you get the point. It’s about stepping back, giving the learners more ownership of their learning, encouraging independence…

1. Is this good?  

I don’t know. What do you think?

2. How do you want me to do it?

How do you want to do it?

3. What’s the right answer?

I don’t know. What do you think?

4. How do you do this?

What possibilities can you think of?

5. The computer isn’t working. What should I do?

What have you tried?

6. Do you like what I wrote?

Do you like what you wrote?

7. Is this enough? How long should it be? 

How much is enough? Have you said everything you want to say?

8. Can I try something different?

Isn’t that your job as a learner?

9. Do we have to do it?

Maybe not. Do you have a better idea?

10. Is this a silly question?

There are no silly questions… Oh, wait, there are.

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