Session 708

Title:Questions are the new answers

Presenter: Kristen Murray – School Services Ultimo

Type: Showcase

Duration: 60 mins

Overview: Teachers typically ask up to 400 questions a day and students ask very few if any. Silicon Valley and other areas of innovation are embracing the idea that questions are the new answers. Almost every new syllabus has students posing questions and many refer to curiosity as necessary in the discipline. Clearly questions are important. They are especially important for learning. But students typically do not ask many questions and forming an interesting and compelling question is difficult. Students engaging with their own questions is a key driver of learning, so it is important that we encourage and develop student questioning. But how do we encourage questioning? How do we teach students to form great questions that have them excited about their learning? We address the issue of student agency and how to develop and use student questions to lift engagement in learning and ensure that the learning is authentic for our students. We consider several simple steps and strategies to open our classrooms to students’ questions.

Target Audience: K – 12 Teachers & Executive

Requirements: Nil