Why would people work hard if there were no rewards or consequences?
Can one ever truly be happy?
All my life I’ve been fascinated with questions. The fascination intensified in college as a political science and philosophy major when I read about Socrates who, as history tells us, made a living walking around asking people questions. His questions were penetrating, inspired multiple perspectives of understanding and often left his conversation partners scratching their heads in confusion. Rather than assume he knew the truth, Socrates humbly revealed the ignorance of others, and paid the ultimate penalty.With Socrates as a model, questioning became a lifelong addiction and teaching became the ideal treatment for this addiction. In the classroom my core energies are centered around how to use questions to increase a student’s capacity to wonder, handle complicated issues and tolerate diverse views. I consider these outcomes to be hallmarks of a great education.
My love of philosophy and two-plus decades of teaching experience have thus inspired me to start this blog as a way to share what I have learned and to continue learning from others.
This blog celebrates Questions— what they look like, how they are made and why they are so important as a tool for intellectual and emotional development.
This blog is for teachers…
It’s for parents too…
It’s for anybody who has a love of asking and answering meaningful questions with the goal of achieving deeper understanding of the world around us.
The posts will be short, provocative and useful. Some will highlight an educational article on the subject related to inquiry. Others will provide a lesson or resource that can be used immediately in a classroom or home setting. And some will provide a general insight on the state of education.
I draw inspiration for many of these posts from the work I do with Teach Different, an organization based in Chicago dedicated to helping teachers and parents use questions to fuel memorable, life-changing conversations. Teach Different has designed a conversation technique for teachers and parents that orchestrates these conversations.
I hope this blog awakens your desire to ask more questions and think big about how to inspire your students or children to do the same.
Do you already use questions extensively at home or in your classroom? If so, how?