The Book of Questions (Pablo Neruda)
Tell me, is the rose naked
or is that her only dress?
How do the oranges divide up
sunlight in the orange tree?
Why doesn’t Thursday talk itself
into coming after Friday?
Interesting Test Questions
Do we need borders?
Is it possible to dress rationally?
When we make contact with an extra-terrestrial civilization, what should we tell them is humanity’s greatest achievement?
Does it matter what a judge had for breakfast?
Is gardening art?
Why should we value privacy?
Questions from Theory of Knowledge (TOK), IB
‘The vocabulary we have does more than communicate our knowledge; it shapes what we can know’. Evaluate this claim. [not a question, but interesting]
Is it really possible to have knowledge of a culture in which we have not been raised?
What is the role of imagination in producing knowledge about a real world? Can imagination reveal truths that reality hides? What is the role of the imagination in understanding others?
Essay Questions (for admission)
So where is Waldo, really?
Once, renowned physicist Werner Heisenberg said: “There is a fundamental error in separating the parts from the whole, the mistake of atomizing what should not be atomized. Unity and complementarity constitute reality.” Whether it’s Georges Seurat’s pointillism in “A Sunday on La Grande Jatte,” the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls, quantum physics, or any other field of your choosing, when can the parts be separated from the whole and when can they not?
To tweet or not to tweet?
What is something about which you have changed your mind in the last three years?
Old Test Questions
Locate Erie Canal: what waters does it connect, and why is it important?
To what four governments are students in school subjected?
Disproportionate Barriers to Enfranchisement
Questions for the Classroom
How to Ask Questions
Question Formulation Technique (Right Question Institute)
Produce Your Own Questions; Improve Your Questions; Prioritize Your Questions
essential, subsidiary, hypothetical, planning, strategic…
Questions for Learning
If a question has a correct answer, is it worth asking?
Is being told something the same as learning it?
How much of what’s really important in life is taught in a classroom?
probing questions; questions and assumptions; debriefing questions; Spider’s Web; Uranium Mine; Hog Call; Artifact Box
Try using verbs: What do you fear? Want? Get? Assume? Expect?
What do you think would happen if…?
How was…different from…?
What sort of an impact do you think…?
Writing and Composition
more: the topoi of rhetoric
critical, rhetorical, and other
Books of Questions (for Teachers and Students)
The Facilitator’s Book of Questions: Tools for Looking Together at
Student and Teacher Work (David Allen and Tina Blythe) (table of contents)
Collaborative Inquiry in Practice: Action, Reflection, and Making Meaning (John Bray, Joyce A. Lee, Linda L. Smith, and Lyle Yorks, eds.)
The Power of Questions: A Guide to Teacher and Student Research (Beverly Falk and Megan Blumenrich) (teacher’s guide)
Is teaching about instruction or selection? (from The Journal of Brief Ideas)