HOW TO ENCOURAGE STUDENTS TO ASK QUESTIONS IN CLASS

HOW TO ENCOURAGE STUDENTS TO ASK QUESTIONS IN CLASS

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The goal of learning should be gaining knowledge and not getting good marks by rote. Anyone can remember facts if they study the given text for long, but that should never be the aim of learning. With one click on your smartphone, you can get all the facts you will ever require. Therefore, active learning is more than just remembering facts; it is about asking questions and finding the answers to satisfy the curious mind. But the traditional format of education at times discourages students from asking unnecessary questions to maintain peace and uniformity in the classroom. If one does not understand a subject taught in class, there’s no point in learning at all. So, modern educationists strongly recommend changing the format of teaching to inspire students to be more curious. Continue reading this article to learn more about how you can create an open study space that encourages students to ask questions in class.

Create A Curious Wall: If you are dealing with small kids in a classroom, you may install a small board where the students can write what they are curious about. Thus, no one would have to interrupt the class to ask unusual questions, and the teacher could find time to answer the questions written on the study wall. There might be some silly questions at times, but a trained teacher will understand the intention behind the seemingly stupid questions. The teacher can discuss the issues written on the curious wall to let the students know that their questions have value, and they should always ask if they don’t understand a topic.

Tell The Answers: Another way to let small students think differently is to provide them with the answers and ask them to write questions. You’ll be surprised by how creative children can be while dealing with this task. The goal of this task is to inspire curiosity and playfulness among students.

Introduce Different Perspective: While teaching literature in class, encourage students to think differently. For example, while reading texts like The Tempest, ask the students to think from the perspective of Caliban and not Prospero. Was Prospero a good human being for treating the native Caliban in such a brutal way? The questions will help the students think critically about the text they read. The research-based instruction will help a student further analyze the text and get beyond the surface meaning of a given text.

  • You can introduce the ‘what if’ format of questioning in the classroom. Ask your students to form questions with what if. For example, they are to come up with questions such as these: what if one mixes hydrogen with carbon-di-oxide? What if the British never invaded and colonized India? What if slavery never happened?
  • Suggest books outside of their curriculum to feed the curious minds. These additional books often help and inspire a student to see a text differently. The unique thinking process contributes to project work and better grades.