Found ways to help students answer their own questions

Helping students answer their own questions means they are motivated to find answers, have the skills and tools needed to do so, and that they are learning skills they will take with them after a specific course.

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Briefly go over the basic components of a course concept with students. Then prompt them to ask questions about parts they may not fully understand or are wondering about. If they do not immediately do so, pose “what if” questions to get them thinking. “What if this part was not true,” or “what if we changed this part this way, what would happen?” When possible, get them to think about how the concept is used or applies to real life issues. The idea is to get them asking questions to learn more about it. Write down the better questions for all to see, and choose one. Then assign students to groups and have them research answers as best they can right there in class on their phones, tablets or laptops or as a short assignment in an online class. After 10 or 15 minutes (depending on the complexity of the questions), bring the class together and have groups compare their answers--supplementing and correcting as necessary. Keep in mind that some discussion about the validity of resources may be necessary.

Remember that this is just an example of how to get started
 with this Teaching Method.



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