First up - a full day workshop on questioning with Trevor Bond.
Making a Difference - Keeping it Real
Two types of questions:
Unexpressed (cognitive, hidden part of the process of thinking)
Questioning is the engine-house of thinking - De Bono
Individually tried a Sudoku for five minutes. What were we thinking?
- analysis, eliminating - what are the possibilities?
- could it be ...
- can it be ...
- if I put ...
Thinking during this activity involved the process of asking and answering questions.
Smart Schools: Better Thinking and Learning for Every Child by David Perkins (colleague of De Bono). He discusses stages of thinking:
- tacit (automaticity)
- aware (making conscious decisions)
- strategic (planning, thinking ahead)
- reflective (evaluating)
Thinking is when you talk to yourself and your mouth stays shut - De Bono
Questioning is our most important intellectual tool - Neil Postman
Cognitive skills handout eg synthesising, generalising, investigating etc. All of them involve questioning in some part.
Learning is the process of extending our known to include something that was unknown and effective thinking is the activity that powers learning. Effective thinking is a process of asking and answering questions.