A new standard for good questions
Few tools are more critical to learning than the ability to ask good questions. Unfortunately, most people believe that a good question is open-ended and a bad question is closed-ended. Not true.
This traditional standard is grossly inaccurate. Exceptional questions can be open and closed-ended. My daughter asked me, “Can dogs see better than humans at night?” This is an excellent question. The fact that it is closed-ended doesn’t matter.
Abandon the old definition of a good question. Don’t worry about whether a question begins with who, what, where, when, why , or how.
Consider a new standard for good questions:
1) Was the question’s origin authentic curiosity?
2) Did the question awaken curiosity in others?
3) Did the question generate additional good questions?
Promote learning and engage students at a deeper level by asking excellent questions. Better yet, teach students how to recognize and ask good questions for themselves. Few skills are more important for life-long learning.