Questions

Published by Lori Pickert on October 30, 2007 at 10:16 PM

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“We learn more by looking for the answer to a question and not finding it than we do from learning the answer itself.” — Lloyd Alexander

“To trust children we must first learn to trust ourselves ... and most of us were taught as children that we could not be trusted.” — John Holt

“The key is curiosity, and it is curiosity, not answers that we model. As we seek to know more about a child, we demonstrate the acts of observing, listening, questioning and wondering. When we are curious about a child's words and our responses to those words, the child feels respected. The child is respected. ‘What are the ideas that I have that are so interesting to the teacher? I must be somebody with good ideas.’” — Vivian Paley

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4 comments

Comment by Stefani on October 31, 2007 at 08:28 PM

That quote, the one from Holt, it's like a dagger. It speaks to everything that has been rolling around in my head lately!

Comment by karin on October 31, 2007 at 10:15 PM

Hi Lori,
I guess, these people are right.It's important to respect childrens as persons to find a way to them and not to feel superior.

Comment by molly on October 31, 2007 at 10:56 PM

love the question mark

Comment by Lori Pickert on November 1, 2007 at 02:44 AM

molly, i asked him for one to hang above my desk and held up my fingers about four inches apart. he said "sure" -- the first version was about two feet tall! lol

hi karin! yes, i think that children get tired of being surrounded by adults who are experts on everything. they love knowing things we don't know. we insist on always staying in front of them, always deciding what they are old enough/smart enough to learn, always writing their curriculum, then wonder why it's so hard to engage them. what's the point, if we grown-ups always know more?

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