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Four Strategies to Spark Curiosity via Student Questioning

Four Strategies to Spark Curiosity via Student Questioning
British archaeologist Mary Leakey described her own learning as being "compelled by curiosity." Curiosity is the name we give to the state of having unanswered questions. And unanswered questions, by their nature, help us maintain a learning mindset. When we realize that we do not know all there is to know about something in which we are interested, we thirst. We pursue. We act as though what we do not know is more important than what we do, as though what we do not possess is worth the chase to own it. Strategy One: Equip Students to Ask Questions At its essence, curiosity is asking questions and pursuing answers. We often ask students if they have any questions, but we rarely teach them how to ask advantageous questions. Strategy Two: Provide a Launch Pad Even if students have mastered the full range of question forming, it is difficult to inquire about topics with which they have no familiarity. Strategy Three: Cast a Wide Net Strategy Four: Avoid Cutting the Search Short References

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Questioning Toolkit Essential Questions These are questions which touch our hearts and souls. They are central to our lives. They help to define what it means to be human. Most important thought during our lives will center on such essential questions. What does it mean to be a good friend? If we were to draw a cluster diagram of the Questioning Toolkit, Essential Questions would be at the center of all the other types of questions. All the other questions and questioning skills serve the purpose of "casting light upon" or illuminating Essential Questions. Most Essential Questions are interdisciplinary in nature. Essential Questions probe the deepest issues confronting us . . . complex and baffling matters which elude simple answers: Life - Death - Marriage - Identity - Purpose - Betrayal - Honor - Integrity - Courage - Temptation - Faith - Leadership - Addiction - Invention - Inspiration. Essential Questions are at the heart of the search for Truth. Essential Questions offer the organizing focus for a unit.

The Tragic Irony of Fahrenheit 451 Fahrenheit 451 Essays The Tragic Irony of Fahrenheit 451 " 'Happiness is important. Fun is everything. And yet I kept sitting there saying to myself, I'm not happy, I'm not happy.' " (70). Fahrenheit 451 is one of the most famous of Ray Bradbury's novels. The ideal of this future man is to be happy. " 'What do we want in this country, above all? that right? people say. them fun? " 'We have mobilized a million men. At the beginning of the book, Montag appears happy. After the house is burned, Montag begins to walk home and is met by a young girl named Clarisse McClellan. He then goes into his house and enters the bedroom. "He felt his smile slide away, melt, fold over and down on itself like a tallow skin, like the stuff of a fantastic candle burning too long and now collapsing and now blown out. not happy. true state of affairs. He has finally become aware of his unhappiness. At this same time, he perceives he has an unhappy marriage. " 'We must all be alike. constitution says, but everyone made equal.

Cool Tools for Schools Studynotes: Fahrenheit 451: Summary: Part 1 (II) Part 1 (II) Montag goes into his own dark house, still thinking about Clarisse's question. When he opens his bedroom door, everything is cold and quiet. In this cold room, Montag feels his smile disappearing. Montag accidentally kicks a small object, which rolls away under the bed. Two emergency medical workers, who Montag has never seen before, come to pump out Mildred's stomach and give her a blood transfusion. After the medical technicians leave, Montag stare out the window, to Clarisse's lit-up house, and wishes he could go over and talk to them -- he even wanders out onto the lawn. In the morning, Montag tries to talk to her about what happened the night before. In the late afternoon, as Montag is getting ready for work, he stands in his hallway, looking thoughtfully up at the ventilation shaft above the door. Outside, he runs into Clarisse, who is walking with her mouth open to drink the rain. Montag cannot answer.

Technology and Education | Box of Tricks Fahrenheit 451: Part 3 (Burning Bright) | Montag advises Faber on how to eliminate Montag's scent from the house by burning things, wiping others with alcohol, and turning on the sprinklers in the yard. Montag takes a suitcase with Faber's old clothes, bids farewell, and leaves the house, heading toward the river. On the way he's able to track the Hound's approach by looking at TVs through the windows of houses. The Hound stops at Faber's house, but moves on. On his Seashell radio, Montag hears the announcer tell everyone in the neighborhood to step outside of their houses and look for the fugitive. He reaches the river just as doors begin to open. Since everyone's TV is tuned to the chase, Montag is able to be both fugitive and audience at the same time.

Great Schools for Students with Learning Disabilities At one time, students with learning disabilities (LDs) were seen as unlikely candidates for college success. Today there is greater understanding of these challenges to learning, and students affected by LDs are thriving in the college classroom. Learn about ten schools that provide excellent education programs for students with LDs. 1. Landmark College Landmark College started in 1985 with programs for students with dyslexia. 2. Another institution that provides academic programs exclusively for students with LDs, Beacon College offers both associate and bachelor's degree options. 3. Marist is a small private institution in Poughkeepsie, New York, that has a long legacy of meeting the needs of students with LDs. 4. American University's Learning Services Program is designed to help freshman students successfully make the transition from high school to college. 5. The University of Denver features the nationally recognized Learning Effectiveness Program that serves over 200 students. 6.

No Student Left Untested by Diane Ravitch Last week, the New York State Education Department and the teachers’ unions reached an agreement to allow the state to use student test scores to evaluate teachers. The pact was brought to a conclusion after Governor Andrew Cuomo warned the parties that if they didn’t come to an agreement quickly, he would impose his own solution (though he did not explain what that would be). He further told school districts that they would lose future state aid if they didn’t promptly implement the agreement after it was released to the public. The reason for this urgency was to secure $700 million promised to the state by the Obama administration’s Race to the Top program, contingent on the state’s creating a plan to evaluate teachers in relation to their students’ test scores. The new evaluation system pretends to be balanced, but it is not. Teachers will be ranked on a scale of 1-100. The consequences of these policies will not be pretty. Of course, teachers should be evaluated.