I’ve been thinking a lot recently about when and how to ask questions as I work with teachers. This quote was emailed to me and I thought it would be prudent to share.
“Questions define tasks, express problems, and delineate issues. They drive thinking forward. Answers, on the other hand, often signal a full stop in thought. Only when an answer generates further questions does thought continue as inquiry. A mind with no questions is a mind that is not intellectually alive. No questions (asked) equals no understanding (achieved). Superficial questions equal superficial understanding, unclear questions equal unclear understanding. If your mind is not actively generating questions, you are not engaged in substantive learning.”
–Eder, Linda and Richard Paul http://ww.criticalthinking.org/AskingQuestions.htm