Why Is It Important to Ask Questions?

 Asking questions is one of the most powerful ways of improving performance in the classroom. There are several reasons children should be expected to ask questions:

1. They activate the structure in the brain to focus. (The Reticular Activation System or RAS as I refer to it.)

2. They help clarify and clear up confabulation.

3. They access the part of brain through the Hippocampus that holds information we don't even know we have. (The Long Term Memory)

4. They strengthen relationships.

5. Questions communicate how students are interpreting information and help teachers deliver information more effectively.

6. Questions can unlock understandings about the way things work.

7. Questions can help a person revisit notions taken to be true and show how there is more to understand about them.

8. Whenever people ask questions they are searching for something and the questions asked to help them find the answers.

9. They help create new thoughts and ideas that can change a person's state of mind.

10.  Asking questions is a sign of strength and intelligence – not a sign of weakness or uncertainty.

11. Questions can allow a person to escape the prison of what they think they know, and lead to an interested and interesting life.

12. When teachers or parents ask questions they accomplish a lot. The most important is they enable a student to discover they can find the answers themselves.

“The questions you ask are frequently more important than the answers that you give”. States businessman Jim Patterson.

Do you have reasons that are not listed above? Please share them with us. 

Do you have questions you have found to be powerful in eliciting deep thinking? Please share those as well. 

With all these benefits, students still don't ask questions. Why? I'll be addressing this topic in my upcoming Video, "Overcoming the Fear of Asking Questions."


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