Category Archives: open and closed questions

Questions, Invitations, and Classroom Languages

by Harmony Button My last two posts have been about using questions in the classroom.  Sometimes, the best kind of question isn’t a question at all, but rather, an invitation – to think, to explore, or to raise your own … Continue reading

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A Question of Questions, Part II: How to Respond to Wrong Answers

by Harmony Button If you want to encourage curiosity in your classroom, you have to create an atmosphere that rewards intellectual risks and celebrates “good” mistakes. This doesn’t mean that you need to sugarcoat every failure. In fact, trying to … Continue reading

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A Question of Questions, Part 1: Open and Closed Questions

by Harmony Button The answers you get from literature depend on the questions you pose. ~ Margaret Atwood The Thinking: As teachers, we all know the pleasure of curiosity – that spark of interest that isn’t driven by the promise … Continue reading

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