ERIC Number: ED333332
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Putting Children's Questions First: The Use of Reflection.
Jacobs, Suzanne E.
A 28-year veteran elementary school teacher helps her students ask "real" questions (questions in which the students have a personal stake or "ownership") by forming small groups of students and then letting them ask each other their own questions. Many times "good" questions are seen as the property of the teacher or the textbook. Real questions (often charged with personal energy) retain for the students a sense of ownership. Maintaining the spark while widening the scope of the question can sometimes change a real question into a good question that is still real, still infused with ownership. Both good and real questions are scaffolded through the use of reading response logs and Book Groups in which students write a book review and then field questions from their classmates. In this manner, students are given several opportunities to reflect on work they have completed and then ask questions and make comments about their work with one another. (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (72nd, Chicago, IL, April 3-7, 1991).