Raising Your Hands in the Classroom

Asking questions fearlessly

words masayoe nabilah
image courtesy of odyssey the global preschool

Children are absolutely bursting with questions, their curiosity easily piqued by everything around them. But they can be very quiet in a classroom setting.

“Children shy away from answering as they are afraid of not being able to produce the correct answer and are fearful of being shamed by teachers and classmates,” explains Alice Alagan, Curriculum Mentor at Odyssey The Global Preschool in Singapore.

As American novelist Thomas Berger once said, “The art and science of asking questions is the source of all knowledge.” Questions are one of the most powerful tools to get children’s wheels turning in their heads, as they seek to figure out the hows and whys of the world.

Find out how to encourage this good habit in the Aug – Oct ’15 issue.