Community//

How to Encourage Students to Ask Questions | Shaun Dallas Dance

When a person imagines children and questions, they are likely picturing the oft-used ‘but why?” However one may feel about that repeated question, the simple truth is that asking questions is a healthy way for children to learn. According to experts, a good question can help a child learn in more than one way. It can shift […]

The Thrive Global Community welcomes voices from many spheres on our open platform. We publish pieces as written by outside contributors with a wide range of opinions, which don’t necessarily reflect our own. Community stories are not commissioned by our editorial team and must meet our guidelines prior to being published.

When a person imagines children and questions, they are likely picturing the oft-used ‘but why?” However one may feel about that repeated question, the simple truth is that asking questions is a healthy way for children to learn.

According to experts, a good question can help a child learn in more than one way. It can shift perspective, open their minds to new ideas, and force creative thinking – both for the person asking and the person answering the question.

As such, children need to have an open environment that encourages the asking of questions. Unfortunately, children do typically ask fewer questions as they grow older, so it is up to parents and teachers alike to continue to encourage these question asking behaviors.

Encourage Natural Curiosity

A classroom that encourages natural curiosity is more likely to be full of students who feel confident in asking questions. Teachers can help to build this environment through several different means.

Teachers should choose subjects that will inspire students and their curiosity. Additionally, they should always be willing to encourage students to ask questions through writing and other thought-provoking activities.

Engaging Reads

There are certain novels out there that just beg for questions to be asked. These books are perfect for assigning to students, as they will encourage them to ask even more questions in the classroom. They make for even better discussions among students, teachers, and parents. 

Reward Questions

One of the simplest ways to encourage children to ask questions is by rewarding them when they do so. So when a child asks a question, reward that behavior! Answer their question (if possible), but also encourage and celebrate the behavior behind the question itself.

Create Alternative Avenues

Sometimes children and students are simply too shy to ask the questions on their minds. One way to help circumvent this is by providing them with opportunities to ask their questions anonymously.

A teacher can easily leave a stack of sticky notes around, letting students write down and submit their questions without anybody being aware of what is happening. Later, the teacher can go through the questions and provide answers. 

The Question Game

The Question Game is the perfect tool for parents and teachers alike. It turns questions into a game and becomes an easy way to encourage children. It’s simple: a child rolls a six-sided dice, which has the beginning of a question on it: How, if, why, etc. 

Article originally published on ShaunDallasDance.com

    Share your comments below. Please read our commenting guidelines before posting. If you have a concern about a comment, report it here.

    You might also like...

    Community//

    Is Fostering the Child’s Curiosity is Essential For Growth?

    by Anupriya .
    Community//

    Asking Better Questions Part 1

    by Carlos Osvaldo Cortez
    Community//

    #5 Ways To Ask Better Questions That’ll Have You Solving Problems Smarter And Faster

    by Barbara Grace
    We use cookies on our site to give you the best experience possible. By continuing to browse the site, you agree to this use. For more information on how we use cookies, see our Privacy Policy.