Sunday, April 17, 2011
The Inquiry Process
Teaching children to think for themselves is a process that the teacher-parent can encourage in a variety of ways. Fostering individual thought is important in the educational process. A child's learning begins during the process of formulating their own questions. There are several techniques that can be used to help a child develop an inquiry process to problem solving:
* Encourage the child to raise questions.
* Create a safe environment so they feel comfortable asking any question.
* Be patient while they figure out what words to use to express their thoughts and concerns.
* Remind the child that there are no stupid questions. Any question is valid and should be treated with serious respect.
* If you don't know the answer to a question the child asks you, openly admit that you don't know.
* Set an example by modeling the process of searching for satisfying answers.
* Resist the impulse to become an instant supplier of answers to their questions. Be supportive in helping them find the answer by other means.