October 24, 2015

Why Ask Why?

When students hear the question “Why?” outside of the classroom, they often have to explain why they did something wrong. For example, “Why did you leave the milk out?” or “Why didn’t you clean your room?” Some students become defensive as soon as they hear “Why” at the beginning of a sentence. Try disarming students by using more creative ways of asking why. Consider asking:

What is the significance of . . . ?

What reasons can you give for . . . ?

Will you tell me more about . . . ?