Questions are Questions
“Friday is for fabulous people to get the things done and get ahead in life.” With this in mind, it’s another enlightening chapter of Empowering Fridays by passionate and proud educationist – Mr. Pavitra Gautam and Mr. Sakar Pudasaini (co-founders of Karkhana) who are serious to untangle the bungled Nepalese education system.
I was always a curious kid. I used to ask a lot of questions, seriously a lot. Nepali teacher was the best and close to us and I used to ask a lot of WH questions to him. Getting annoyed with my behavior, and one day he said “प्रश्नको स्तरले ब्यक्तीको स्तर जनाउछ” (quality of the question determines the quality of the person) looking at me. That was the day I realized questions do have qualities and I was not supposed to ask any random question that came in my mind. But on Friday, I realized that what my teacher told me was fallacious. There is no quality in question, but there is difference in perspective. Thus, questions don’t always have one correct answer.
The session was split into two halves: the first half was about purpose of asking questions and the second half was about preparing questions that require higher order thinking. The fusion of two segments helped us understand the effective questioning strategies and how to categorize the questions based on Bloom’s taxonomy. We also realized the pattern of question distribution based on what they remember, understand, apply, analyze, evaluate and create.
As a teacher, I realize that students experience a hard time to speak up their queries in class. Thus to initiate their classroom participation, questioning out to students challenge their thinking and help them to develop cognitive and affective skills. Questioning in classroom guides the focus of a student into exploring the concepts of his or her own. Well, a student’s answers are influenced by the class what we say herd mentality in a classroom. Thus, to get their original self, getting the answer on signals while their eyes closed is another good technique to apply in our classroom.
Here are some of the major takeaways from this session:
- The difference in answer is the consequence of difference in perspective thus there is no correct answer.
- Encourage students to question and create a classroom environment for inquiry-based learning.
- Teacher shouldn’t be the focal of a classroom rather s/he should open the floor for open discussion and provide direction to the class.
- Strategies for planning questions based on Bloom’s taxonomy.
- Stimulate the students to gather the classroom attention.
To sum up, the eleventh session was a psychedelic gig of Empowering Fridays by Mr. Pavitra Gautam and Mr. Sakar Pudasaini. Thank you so much for the session.
I’m Rustam Kandel, a passionate and proud educationist who tries to inspire one single student in one day. I’m involved with Prime College, Khusibu as a faculty of Human Resource Management and want to be remembered as a teacher after I die.