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Asking Questions instead of asking questions

 
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kanjizai



Joined: 29 Jun 2003
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 17, 2012 1:35 pm    Post subject: Asking Questions instead of asking questions Reply with quote

I would like to know your opinions about asking students questions that lead them to answers instead of giving them the answers.

I find that the information that students 'find' tend to be retained much more than when I give students the answers. However, I find that some students demand to be told the answer.

THanks!.
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Mr_Monkey



Joined: 11 Mar 2009
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Location: Kyuuuuuushuuuuuuu

PostPosted: Fri Aug 17, 2012 6:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Does it really matter what we think?

Doesn't it matter more whether or not the students actually learn from discovery approaches?

One of the fundamental problems with teaching and learning (and its associated research) is that there's a basic tension between what the teacher experiences, what the learners experience, what the teachers and learners feel about learning and what the larger-scale experiments seem to show.
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Glenski



Joined: 15 Jan 2003
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Location: Hokkaido, JAPAN

PostPosted: Fri Aug 17, 2012 11:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Most Asian students live in societies where teachers dominate the classroom and give them the answers. That is one reason why so many have problems adjusting when they go overseas and have classroom situations where they are forced to think things through or discuss them with teachers.

If your own classroom atmosphere or relationship outside the class with students permits you to force them to think things out to arrive at the answers, good.

If students need to learn by making mistakes and then being told why, that's good, too.

If students simply need to be told the answers, I would hope that we can provide enough direction to show them how to arrive at the answer. Just to say, Answer to question 6 is B, is not always helping them. Then again, how often do we have the time to explain everything? One type of course that needs this time is when you teach a TOEIC or TOEFL course.
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kanjizai



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 18, 2012 2:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mr MOnkey: the answers are no and yes. And thanks for the file; excellent reading.

Glenski: As always, very good advice.

Thanks.[/quote]
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Mr_Monkey



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 18, 2012 4:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You're welcome! Smile

I love that paper - it really puts the issue in focus.
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