“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn! “ – Benjamin Frankin
Kids have a natural curiosity to learn. It is up to parents to unleash this learning desire to the maximum potential and open up doors for them to explore, discover and learn new things. Teaching techniques play a major role in defining the extent of overall development of kids’ brains, especially during the formative years. Interactive teaching sessions where children’s inquisitiveness is not just accommodated but also encouraged, tend to result in a much higher percentage of kids who will grow up to think out of the box, invent new things and create history. It fosters a research mentality and they are the ones who will later find new solutions to problems and make a difference to the world
Why is it important to ask questions?
- When children are encouraged to question, an interactive environment is created whereby a bond of comfort is developed between kids and teachers/ parents. This bonding makes it easy for kids to pose questions and share their thoughts without any fear. The environment thus becomes conducive for better academic performance as they move on to Primary and Secondary school levels.
- Opportunity to ask questions helps to break the sophomoric monologue of the parent or teacher and helps to instill better engagement and participation of the kids. This leads to more efficient attention span and focus, better concentration, more productivity and better time management.
- If in a group, one child poses a question, the other kids are also encouraged to stay attentive and possibly also think of an answer. This fosters a radiating spirit of questioning and creativity and also helps to create a healthy competitive spirit. Asking questions help to challenge and promote cognitive skills of how they learn, remember, analyze and problem-solve.
Let us find out some of the techniques that can create an environment where kids can cultivate a habit of asking questions -
- Experiential learning involves children by immersing them into exploratory skills. Exploratory skills in turn tend to foster creativity as a second nature. Creativity in turn stimulates research mentality to find multiple solutions to problems. Thus, kids become more successful in problem solving and decision making in later years as they grow up.
- Integrated teaching with field experiences: Teaching methodologies should be innovative and create a hunger for creativity amongst students by making learning engaging and relevant so as to connect them to the outside world. Integrated teaching with field experiences will make the learning complete. Allowing students to express themselves, encouraging them to have a contrary opinion, giving them opportunity to experiment without fear of failure would transform them into more confident people.
- Extracurricular activities and Tryst with Nature sessions. Involving kids in planning the events and also encourage them task questions during the events. Later give them questions about event that makes them think, recall and express themselves
- Events/Experiences/Story telling – Children can be encouraged to ask questions about events /experiences /a story told. The Why, When and how will encourage them to think which precedes any action. Right parenting would not expect children to accept any belief or concepts blindly but encourage them to reason it out logically, critically and creatively.
- Organizing competitions on problem solving /decision making – Children should be asked to debate on the outcome, the positives and negatives and the remedies for the negatives. This will foster questioning spirit in them and they will become learners for life.
- Role play and enactment – Children can be asked to enact role reversals with parent and ask questions. This will not only boost their self-confidence but they will also have the opportunity to find justification for the Dos and don’ts that parents often advice