Power of Learning Something New Series Questioning
Learning Something New: Questioning
Heather Wolpert-Gawron’s statement on “the power of learning something new is undeniable” motivates me to delve deeper into the realms of inquiry, curiosity, and questioning. The method I prefer the most is the act of questioning. I suggest that curiosity and questioning are closely intertwined, as they actively involve students in the process of acquiring novel knowledge.
The Power of Learning Something New series offers an opportunity to acquire knowledge from Jim Knight, an esteemed instructional coach and author, who will impart insightful and thought-provoking questions. According to Knight, excellent inquiries are uplifting, real, courteous, and welcoming.
As an educator, I appreciate the efficacy of the Question-Answer Relationships (QAR) technique. QAR promotes the development of active and strategic reading skills in students. QAR categorizes the location of information as either “In the Text” or “In my Head.” The text subsequently categorizes the question-answer relationships into four distinct types: Right There, Think and Search, Author and Me, and On My Own.
The significance of QAR lies in its ability to enhance students’ questioning skills, enabling them to ask insightful questions while engaging with the text. Educators employ various questioning techniques to direct and supervise student learning, while fostering advanced cognitive abilities in their pupils. Implementing the QAR technique in teaching helps teachers be cognizant of and enhances the cognitive demands placed on their pupils.
In his book “Beautiful Questions in the Classroom,” Warren Berger explores the factors that motivate students to ask questions during class. To encourage pupils to pose inquiries, it is essential to provide them with a subject matter that arouses curiosity and prompts investigation. The “provoke and release” approach aims to stimulate students’ interest, leading to genuine and targeted inquiries. Subsequently, it offers students opportunities to explore and address their questions through activities and platforms that foster their expression, documentation, and sharing. This method will be incorporated into the series.
I encountered the Search for Answers feature on the AVID Open Access website. To seek answers, students must go beyond simply responding to questions. They must possess the ability to inquire and obtain reliable responses. Students possess an innate curiosity, and when they actively inquire during the learning process, they become more committed, driven, empowered, and involved.
Through this investigative procedure, you can push your students to engage in critical thinking, pose inquiries of a more advanced nature, and proficiently seek for and discover solutions. This approach is versatile and can be customized to suit any topic area. Additionally, it is utilized for expeditious inquiries integrated into a concise lesson, as well as for more intricate and lengthier inquiry tasks. The process involves students posing inquiries, and culminates in students disseminating their acquired knowledge to others through innovative means. I will highlight some in the series.