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Adults often use questions to explore what they want to know of others. Perhaps they come across as interrogators of personal worlds rather than prompters of imaginations! A chuckle arose in the Pender's Grove staffroom recently when teachers passed around a Jerry Scott and Jim Borgman comic entitled Zits.

For some sharp ideas about what makes a lame question check out the cartoons at  http://zitscomics.com/comics/october-31-2012/.

Do students really think this way about adult questions at home and at school?
The Boston Globe recently reported on an interview with Dan Rothstein a co director of the Right Question Institute. He suggests,

"Wielded with purpose and care, a question can become a sophisticated and potent tool to expand minds, inspire new ideas, and give us surprising power at moments when we might not believe we have any."

I wonder what 'suprising power' questions might give us?

If you're interested you might choose to check out Dan's TEDx presentation at http://rightquestion.org/blog/giving-tedx-talk/. I found it quite a ride!

Neyfakh, L. (2012, May 20). Are we asking the right questions? The Boston Globe. retrieved from