Friday, January 9, 2009

Topic: Questions

10-second review: Encourages students to ask good questions rather than typical “stupid” questions.

Title: “Stupid Questions.” J Hudson. English Journal (November 2008), 105-108. A publication of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).

Summary/Quotes: “A good question…is one aimed at acquiring information that matters to us.” p. 105.

“…a poor question seeks information that does not matter.” p. 105.

“Better questions lead to new knowledge and meaning and to more questions.” p. 107.

Comment: Some ideas about questions that I will think about and try to apply to myself. Teaching the students the differences between good questions and “stupid” questions should encourage students to think more deeply and to ask more interesting questions: For example, Why does Jane Austen view marriage as the way to perfect happiness and married people as mismatched and unhappy? A “stupid” question: May I sharpen my pencil? The questions could also be controversial: Why are male justices of the Supreme Court and religions controlled by men making decisions on abortions? Or, Why do we need to learn this stuff? RayS.

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