Open-Ended Questions – “What Do You Think?”

I came back from this month’s NAEYC Professional Development Institute with a renewed appreciation for
open-ended questions, after hearing a number of speakers emphasizing them in all kinds of situations — for story time, for STEM concepts, and for social-emotional development.

There’s a real concern that teaching has become “asking a question so you can get the right answer.” But think about how much you stimulate critical thinking skills when you ask questions that require deeper thinking … that don’t have a right or wrong answer … that can’t be answered in a word or two … that help us start a conversation.

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