Inventors explore big questions that normalize uncertainty.
Children will learn to engage with big questions that normalize uncertainty when adults…
- ask big questions that don’t have fixed or known answers
- celebrate big questions from children, teachers, or other thinkers by making them visible in the classroom
- encourage provisional thinking, tinkering, and iteration
- show that they value question-asking by giving children many opportunities to practice posing questions, and by validating questions as much as answers
Teachers will engage with big questions that normalize uncertainty when they…
- collaboratively generate big questions that tickle their imagination and invite dialogue with other adults as well as children
- plan with clear intentions that make room for surprise
- seek and pay attention to questions that don’t have clear answers
- use documentation tools and protocols that encourage a practice of teacher-research
Asking Big Questions
Use this tool to normalize uncertainty by encouraging children to ask big questions.
Asking Unanswerable Questions
Use this tool to discover children’s thinking about questions with more than one answer.