Students Who Need to Ask Questions!


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“I try not to think too much in school. I get in trouble when I ask questions.”

 Elementary student

Janet’s teachers and parents thought she couldn’t focus. She
asked a lot of questions that seemed unrelated to the lesson being presented.
She was constantly being told to pay attention.


Our learning style profile results showed that Janet has an
Inventing Disposition. That means that she needs to ask questions in order to
process and make sense of the information.


Sometimes it can seem
that the questions have nothing to do with the lesson of the moment.
And the
typical reaction of the teacher or parent is: That has nothing to do with what
we are talking about. You need to pay attention.


However, if the
parents/teachers would ask a few questions themselves, they would see how the
question is actually related.


For example:

The topic is Early American History – the Pilgrims come to
America. The student asks, How do airplanes fly, anyway?


What! Where did that come from? Well, let’s ask the student:


That’s an interesting question, Mark, what made you think of
airplanes while we were talking about the Pilgrims?


And Mark will tell you! You’ve acknowledged his questions
and now you can comment on his explanation and encourage the connection he


Many students are suffering in school (or homeschool)
because they need to ask these kinds of questions in order to learn – but they
get into trouble when they do!


Here is an interview Mariaemma did about this topic:

Students Who Need to Ask Questions – The Inventing Disposition


It is our job as Parents, Teachers, and Leaders across the
globe to coach children to discover their amazing gifts – and to encourage them
to follow their interests and passions. It is our responsibility to ensure that
all kids grow up believing that they are smart and capable, and confident about
the value of their contributions.

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learning programs to meet individual student needs

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