No Series: Questions are More Important Than Answers

Questions are More Important Than Answers

Lesson Objective: Learn how a school uses inquiry and creative field trips to engage and motivate learners
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Learn how a school uses inquiry and creative field trips to engage and motivate learners.

Discussion and Supporting Materials

Thought starters

  1. What immediate takeaways do you have for your own practice?
  2. What is one thing that you/we can adapt to be a more culturally responsive learning environment?

32 Comments

  • Private message to Kathy Kyser

Immediate take away, I like the title "Questions are More Important Than Answers".  I love how the staff empowered the students.  Field Trips are always a great way to incorporate life lessons.  Something that the kids will want to learn and use through their lives.  When you let the kids figure it out and not give them the answers, it lets them know that what they have to say is important.  Your input makes a difference, you matter.

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  • Private message to Kehinde Akande

When students construct knowledge in a safe environment where they feel free to explore, it gives them confidence to take risks and ask questions.

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  • Private message to Ryan Cantrell

When children are allowed to ask questions freely, they are often more engaged in learning. These children in the video had such strong questions, that you can tell they are engaged and curious learners. It is definitely evident that these students have a voice. The field trips allow the students to discover real life.

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  • Private message to Elizabeth Owonikoko

Having the students motivated to interview the Principal questions was so inspiring. Even those that were quite beginning to ask questions. This shows their inquisitive mind to learn. The learning environment was filled with experience and real-life connections The students connected with real-life objects and things of history that make them want to explore their environment. I love the underground walk and the farm. It brings science life to the students. It’s all about modeling your lesson in a way that students can connect with and be motivated to learn.

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  • Private message to Karen Kalinawan

Having the students ask abundant questions is a good way to know that they are curious and willing to learn more. The fact that they are learning the science behind their school like how it is operated, where things are located, and the staff in the school makes them feel more safe. Unfamiliar places can be scary at first, but once you get to know it, it becomes less scary and more safe.  

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