Do it like Socrates

Contributor: Teryl Cartwright @TerylCartwright

Idea: Try a lesson that asks participants to only answer questions with more questions. This is a great way to build their creative inquiry skills. Follow up by asking them to identify what kinds of questions they have asked in response to the other questions (such as deflecting, probing, elaborating, opposing, or random). Starting with one initial question again, ask them to create new questions to fit each of their own self-made categories.

Practitioner comments: “The first part of this exercise was used with some peers instead of students, giving new insights into the possible directions to pursue with our initial questions. I was inspired by the “Questions Only” skits from the show “Whose Line is It Anyway?” In addition to an entertaining game, I found out this is also a useful educational tool!”

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