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Posted on November 06 2015

Questions Which Lead to Questions

 

Ms. Habgood has this quotation prominently displayed on the wall in her office.  I have looked at it often and considered it frequently over the years.  Not long ago, I read about a study which found that the average 4 year old asks 288 questions every day.  As a parent of a very curious 2 ½ year old myself, I don’t find this surprising, though I do find it remarkable.  All parents know that children have a natural curiosity and an innate desire to ask questions to help them understand the world around them.  It is in engaging this natural desire to ask questions that the best learning occurs.  The gift of all great teachers is in knowing how to nurture and guide children’s curiosity.  They do this by encouraging pupils to investigate and inquire for themselves, by posing questions rather than only giving answers, and by challenging them to push their thinking deeper by looking further. 

I do not have to look far to find examples of this in our school.  Our Infant Community class have spent time recently collecting autumnal leaves and using these to make leaf prints, mixing paint colours while doing so.  In our Nursery, I observed a wonderful presentation which involved both the teacher and the students wearing blindfolds and trying to identify solid shapes only using their sense of touch.  Our Reception children have been learning about Bonfire Night and I witnessed a lively debate about whether Guy Fawkes was a ‘goodie’ or a ‘baddie’ with the children providing justification for their ideas.  Our Form 1 pupils spent a fabulous afternoon recently at the Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green exploring old and new toys for their Toys topic.
I am delighted that our children have curiosity in spades and a great propensity towards questioning and investigating.  We are determined to find every possible way to support our children in their desire to know more and learn more about the world around them.  Albert Einstein is quoted as saying ‘curiosity is more important than knowledge’ – I believe I agree.  

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