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81. Conversation and Questioning

Conversation with an interested adult, with high quality, open ended questions that require a considered answer, leads to better comprehension and thinking. It also encourages creativity and provides a model for more sophisticated interaction and conversation.

81. Conversation and Questioning

Conversation with an interested adult, with high quality, open ended questions that require a considered answer, leads to better comprehension and thinking. It also encourages creativity and provides a model for more sophisticated interaction and conversation. This is the reason teachers often reply to a child’s question with another question (known as the Socratic method) - it encourages children to examine the flaws in their own reasoning and to extend their thinking beyond the first question that pops into their head.

 

Helping your child to develop their conversation and questioning skills, will help them understand other people’s perspectives and to organise their own thoughts in all areas of their life.

 

There are lots of ways to develop conversation and questioning:

 

  • Ask open questions that require consideration and can’t be answered by yes or no. These questions begin with words such as who, where, when, why, what and how (not do, will or can).
  • Ask in a spirit of enquiry; you are detectives on the same squad. Talk about us and we, not you and me.
May 01, 2016 By Alexis Ralphs

81. Conversation and Questioning

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