My best students (and best thinkers) have always been equipped to ask great questions. I had one, Alex, who would email me a question each week, like: how is a peach's fuzz an evolutionary benefit?
Each day I send my daughter off to school and beg her to ask at least one question.
I love asking questions. It is an essential part trouble-shooting. When I'm building a cabinet or working through a disciplinary consequence, that aspect of questioning plays a vital role. What if I mount the screws this way? Which side of this lumber is more pleasing to look at? Does this student have a prior history? How have we handled previous cases that are similar? What are the parents going to think about this? How can we support this teacher?
My friend and a source of great inspiration this past year, Sarah, sent me this blog post which speaks to me on many levels. As a biologist, lover of innovation, Jefferson groupie, and political junkie. The way we run school can be informed by the thinking that goes on here: