Why Do Teachers Ask Questions They Know the Answers To?
A while back I posed 13 Subversive Questions for the Classroom. Here's the first five:
- If a question has a correct answer, is it worth asking?
- If something is "Googleable" why would we spend precious class time teaching it?
- When we ask students to summarize, do we actually want to know what's important to them?
- What do you suppose students think they are supposed to be doing when we ask them to analyze?
- Do you ever ask your students questions you don't know the answer to? Why not?
Here's a TEDxCreativeCoast video - The Future Will Not Be Multiple Choice - that answers those questions and showcases the power of a PBL / design-based approach to learning. Turn curricula into design challenges, classrooms into workshops and teach students to think like designers.
While you watch it, try to think of a meaningful career that looks like filling out a worksheet.