The Power of a Question

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In the past year, there has been one topic that has kept creeping up in my magazines, books, and thoughts. The topic has also been one of the most widely requested topics for professional development that we have gotten this year. What’s the topic? (drum roll please)….Questioning. What’s interesting is that the kind of questioning that is popping up in magazines and books is different than the kind of questioning we are getting requests for, and I have a theory as to why. Let me explain…

I was on a flight to Austin last month, and I grabbed the Spirit magazine out of the pocket of the seat in front of me. I admit-I’m a Skymall and Spirit junkie. The articles in the magazine are just perfect for that 50-minute flight to Austin. Anyway, the April edition had an article by Warren Berger titled “Chasing Beautiful Questions” about Van Phillips, an amputee who revolutionized the world of prosthetics when he created a curved prosthetic limb which allowed for more flexibility than previous prosthetics had. What was interesting to me is that while Van Phillips was the subject of the article, the main focus of the writing was on the influence that questioning has had on our society. In fact, the author wrote a book on questioning and explores how businesses, schools, and every other field could benefit from encouraging the type of inquiry that has brought about some of the most useful inventions of our time.

What I found interesting was that when we, as educators, talk about questioning, we are typically referring to the idea of asking higher-order questions. In essence, we focus on the questions that the teacher is asking. However, this article and another one titled “The Case for Curiosity” in the February 2013 edition of Educational Leadership, highlight the power of questions that come from the student (or inventor, or member of society). After all, learning begins with a question.

This recurring topic of questioning has sparked some questions in my own mind that I want to explore this summer with any of you who would like to join. We will be conducting a series of webinars throughout the summer titled (very creative….) Summer Learning Series …where we will discuss some topics of interest. Join us June 16th for our first webinar in the series-The Power of a Question. Register at to receive the webinar links.

Robyn Hartzell

Robyn Hartzell

Rebellious Reader & Program Coordinator for ELAR, Library, Dyslexia, and GT/Advanced Academics services

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