“Ask Questions”9.19.16

For those who have been reading, I would like to thank you. For those who just started following or reading the blog, I would like to give you a little background on me as an educator. I am entering my 21st year as an educator, and during this time, I have tried to keep a history of my teaching, but for a number of reasons, it has not been a success. This year, I have a motivator – it will be an objective for my evaluation. This will not be anything fancy, just a collection of events and thoughts of my day. Also, this will not be proofread, so hopefully you will not judge, but rather have a better understanding of my journey as an educator and person.

Reading a book to a group of students is always an experience. Teachers are told in “teacher school” not to ask a question to a student without knowing the answer. In most cases, this make sense, but at the same time, how are teachers and students suppose to grow as individual if they don’t ask the “unknown” in the classroom. Being a librarian, I tend to read a few books here and there to the students. In doing this, there are some questions I ask students that are not scripted, so the chances of me getting an odd answer from a kid is always a reality. 

Today, I read a book called The Best Place written by Susan Meddaugh. It was about a wolf, yes a wolf, selling his home to search for better home. I talked with he students about the phrase “the grass is not always greener on the other side,” which many had not heard. Well, the wolf searched and searched, but did not find a better home. He returned home and wanted his house back, but the rabbit family that bought his house didn’t want to sell. So, he threw a tantrum that made all of the animals chase him into the woods. Once the other animals figured out the the situation, they helped him build another house. While reading the book, I asked many questions about the plot, characters, and settings. These questions were not the normal “who, what, when, or where” questions, but they were ones to make the students have a better understanding of their feelings about the book.

One student said that she felt bad for the wolf because he lost his home … one student said he didn’t feel bad for the wolf because a “deal is a deal” … one student thought the other animals were being mean to the wolf … one student felt that the wolf should have behaved better when talking with the other animals … one student thought the wolf should have been satisfied with his first home … one student said the wolf needed to dream of something better  ….

These answers gave me a better understanding of my students and their values as individuals. The questions I asked gave the students to express their feelings, and the scenario itself allowed students to have a safe atmosphere to share and discuss. I enjoyed the discussion and thought pattern of the students. This is how students are shaped and developed into better students and people. 

Today was a good day for the teacher and hopefully a better day for the students.


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