by Terry Heick
Last year I wrote a post on how to help students think for themselves. TeachThought reader Peter Duckett wrote me a few months later with these questions below that he added in order to facilitate their use in the classroom. I’ve added some myself, and am going to continue to add more after giving you a chance to do so.
In the comments below, suggest a question for one of the categories below and I’ll add them to the list. I’m going to continue to refine the list–remove some that may not be clear, and add others we missed on the first go round.
Leave your twitter username and I’ll credit you next to the question.
Let them watch their predictions play out
- What do you think will happen?
- What do you think will happen to the …?
- What do you think will happen when…?
- What actually happened?
- Why do you think it happened?
Let them form theories, and immediately test and revise those theories based on observation
- What do you think?
- How can you test out your thinking?
- What do you think now that you’ve tested your thinking?
- Give them the right collaboration with the right “mind” at the right time
- With whom could you work to figure this out?
- Who else might understand this better/differently than I do?
- Who else might find this interesting?
Allow them to read with choice–without guidelines or external pressure
- What would you like to read if you could read anything without anyone listening to you or testing you or telling you what you can and cannot read?
Let them play with content or dynamic learning tools–no goals or prompting or rules (other than basic common sense, safety, etc.)
- More here