I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about the questions I ask my students. I made it my goal this year to help my students develop better critical thinking skills, and I think asking good questions can help do this.

I think raising the level of questions we’re asking is something a lot of teachers probably need to work on. Critical thinking is such a vital 21st century skill.

This became evident when I was recently talking to a good friend of mine. He’s in the marketing business an currently looking for a new job. At a recent interview, he was asked the following question:

Suppose you are at an important trade show. Our company’s booth is in a very good location. However, shortly before the start of the show, our main competitor moves their booth to a much better location than ours. The trade show starts in an hour. What do you do?

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying we need to start teaching marketing strategy 101 to K-12 students. My point is that these are the type of challenging, thought provoking questions we need to be asking more often. Questions without one correct answer. Questions that demand deep thinking and thorough explanation. Questions that may require students to conduct research to support their answers.

How often are you asking questions like that? If you’re like me, not often enough. I’m going to work on that, for sure.

In the coming months, we’re going to be blogging much more often about skills and traits that 21st century teachers and learners need to possess. This is the first of many such posts to come. If you liked what you read, please subscribe to our blog today.

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