Questioning for Life

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In CEP812 we focused on the book A More Beautiful Question by Warren Berger. Berger says that we need to step into questioning for the sake of learning how to ask the right questions to give us amazing answers. “Questioning is a classic case of the more you do it, the easier it gets. Innovators tend to get better, over time, at embracing the unknown and solving problems because they become confident through experience” (Berger p. 187). I am inspired by Berger’s words about questioning and how it is a practice worth pursuing for life. My goal as a teacher is to have my students become lifelong learners and to get them there I know I need to help them become great questioners.

I love being able to play trivia or watch Jeopardy when I have free time. I enjoy the randomness of questions and the rush I feel when I get the right answer. What I really appreciate about Jeopardy is that you have to word the answers in the form of a question. It is such a backwards idea, but so brilliant at the same time. It makes me wonder what school would be like if it were more like Jeopardy. What if we went through the whole day looking at answers and having to form questions out of them? This is kind of what I do when I plan a PBL unit. I know what I want my students to be able to do or understand, and I need to find a driving question that will lead them there.

When creating a PBL I start with the state standards and see if there are things that interest me or things I want to know more about. When I am interested in a topic and driven by ideas, I know my energy will inspire the students to want to learn it too. I have learned from books like Teach Like a Pirate and articles such as It’s P.Q. and C.Q. as Much as I.Q that bringing my own passions and curiosities into the classroom will not only energize me, but also empower my students to share their own passions and interest.  I have created a Prezi to show how I have used my own curiosities and passions in my classroom and how it has helped me become a teacher, questioner, and learner.

Resources:

Berger, W. (2014). A More Beautiful Question: The Power Of Inquiry To Spark Breakthrough Ideas. New York: Bloomsbury Publishing.

Friedman, T. L. (2016, January 1). It’s the P.Q. And C.Q. As much as the I.Q. The Opinion Pages. Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/30/opinion/friedman-its-pq-and-cq-as-much-as-iq.html?_r=0

 

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