What fosters any type of questioning?
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Curiosity is a response to an information gap: between what we know and what we want to know. - Ian Leslie in Curious
So much of a teacher’s time is spent trying to get students to care about the material. We do that by trying to make it relevant, interesting, entertaining, or important. Our enthusiasm doesn’t always work and it’s frustrating.
If I want my students to ask questions, I need to peak their curiosity about the material. Like a good movie trailer, it gives enough to get them interested but leaves key gaps.
One thing I can do more for my students is to get them to ask questions of themselves - from questions about their own learning and efforts to why a character in a novel would do such a thing.
The way to do that may not be by asking them questions. Instead, it may be by giving them more information - just enough to get them a little curious.