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Title: There are no stupid questions!


1
There are no stupid questions!
  • Or are there?

2
Lets consider this.
  • For each exchange, indicate whether the student
    asked a good question or an ineffective question.
    Then, jot down why you believe this is the case.
  • Note I am very fond of jotting.

3
Scene One
  • S Excuse me, Dr. Professor, but I really didnt
    understand macro-equilibrius-quintabilus as it
    applies to the Florida aquifer. Could you explain
    that again?
  • Good question Not good Question?

4
Great question!
  • P Sure, great question! In fact, the theory of
    MEQ is particularly important for estimating
    water tables blah blah blah.

5
What makes a question ineffective?
  • Scene 1 Analysis questions about subject
    matter of any kind (content or skills class) are
    ALWAYS good questions

6
Scene Two
  • S Umm, yo, didnt understand a thing about that
    theory stuff (face grimaces, hands wave, etc.).
  • Good question Not good Question?

7
Not good question
  • P (holds head in hands, despairing)

8
Scene 2 analysis
  • First, if the student was in class, why is it
    that they understand nothing at all?
  • Second, learning is the students responsibility
    questions such as this lay the burden on the
    instructor (essentially, the student is saying
    make this so easy for me that I dont even know
    Im working here).
  • Third, this is an emotional statement of
    frustration, not a question need to recognize
    the internal states that indicate learning for
    you mark the point of a lecture at which you
    felt your head bursting or you wanted to
    cry/shout/break something. That is where your
    questions begin.

9
Scene Three
  • S Excuse me, Dr. Professor, but I missed class
    on Monday. Did we do anything important?
  • Good question Not good Question?

10
Not so good question!
  • P No, I never do anything important in class.
    In fact, I dont know why we hold class at all.
    Lets go grab a beer and shoot some pool.

11
Scene 3 analysis
  • Lets be honest about this how insulting can
    you get in so few syllables? Ask this question
    in a way that doesnt belittle the professors
    career I missed class on Monday. After I get
    the notes, can I sit down with you and review to
    make sure I dont miss an important point?
    Aah, thinks the professor initiative,
    responsibility, a real student trying to learn.

12
Scene Four
  • S What do I have to do to get an A in this
    class?
  • Good question Not good Question?

13
Not good!
  • P (sarcastically) Nothing, nothing at all.

14
Scene 4 analysis
  • The answer to this question is ALWAYS the same
    to EARN an A in this class, you must do all the
    work indicated on the syllabus at a 90 level of
    performance or better. Dont know what work is
    required? READ THE SYLLABUS.

15
So, what makes a stupid question?
  • As with all acts of communication, think
    carefully about your audience and message you
    want to send!
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