The Art of Interesting Questions!
Interesting Questions: Not Taught in High Schools
Over the years as a classroom instructor I have had the opportunity to teach high school seniors how to ask interesting questions of adults. As I taught these 17 and 18 year olds this skill I reflected how rarely this skill is communicated, taught, and coached! I am often struck by how few participants actually ask interesting or focused questions directed at me or each other. Anyone who asks a question is obviously engaged in the material…perhaps others are too… but are too timid to ask! The kind of questions we ask will lead us in a certain direction. If we confine the scope of our questions, then we will often be limited in the kind of answers we seek or find.
Interesting Questions are Excellent Conversation Starters
Currently my high school seniors are members of CareerConnection.me, our online learning community. As they watched career videos online, they thought of information they wanted to know and practiced creating questions that would engage the person in the video and each other. These students gained a better understanding of how questions can be used effectively. This resulted in terrific in-depth conversations and deeper learning.
Whether the “classroom” is virtual or in person, interesting and probing questions lead all learners to stretch their thinking, to learn more, and makes the learning environment interactive, more interesting, and thought-provoking!
This art of asking interesting questions can become an important life skill that can be expanded and applied to the questions you will ask in the workplace as well as all parts of your lives.
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