Skip to main content
Create interactive lessons using any digital content including wikis with our free sister product
. Get it on the
Pages and Files
The Balloon Graphic
The Waka Graphic
Open and Closed ?s
Evidence of Success
Questioning at age 5
?s and NZ Curriculum
6 Hats & the Rubric
My teacher gets angry
Making Questioning happen (Bunnythorpe)
‘How do you know so much about everything?’ was asked of a very wise and intelligent man; and the answer was 'By never being afraid or ashamed to ask questions as to anything of which I was ignorant.’
That is the essence of science: ask an impertinent question, and you are on the way to the pertinent answer.
The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvellous structure of reality.
I don’t pretend we have all the answers. But the questions are certainly worth thinking about.
Arthur C. Clarke
Questions focus our thinking. Ask empowering questions like: What's good about this? What's not perfect about it yet? What am I going to do next time? How can I do this and have fund doing it?
The one real object of education is to have a man in the condition of continually asking questions.
He who asks a question is a fool for five minutes; he who does not ask a question remains a fool forever
What’s in a question, you ask? Everything. It is evoking stimulating response or stultifying inquiry. It is, in essence, the very core of teaching.
John Dewey (1933)
The fool wonders, the wise man asks. Benjamin Disraeli
Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.
The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.
To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science.
A wise man's question contains half the answer.
Solomon Ibn Gabirol
The power to question is the basis of all human progress.
Reason can answer questions, but imagination has to ask them.
The most erroneous stories are those we think we know best—and therefore never scrutinize or question.
Stephen Jay Gould
Only stupid questions create wealth.
What we observe is not nature itself, but nature exposed to our method of questioning.
The scientific mind does not so much provide the right answers as ask the right questions.
There is frequently more to be learned from the unexpected questions of a child than the discourses of men
You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.
The job is to ask questions–it always was–and to ask them as inexorably as I can. And to face the absence of precise answers with a certain humility.
One hears only those questions for which one is able to find answers.
How do you get the right answers? By asking the right questions, of course. The questions you ask define the areas in which you will look, so taking time and even asking questions about the questions you are asking can be a useful strategy for getting creatively great solutions.
Questioning is to thinking as yeast is to bread making.
Questioning is what converts the stuff of thinking into something of value.
Jamie McKenzie (2004).
The Question Mark
Vol 1, No 3, November 2004.
He who has a why can endure any how
Questioning is the door of knowledge.
The wise man doesn't give the right answers, he poses the right questions.
The only questions that really matter are the ones you ask yourself.
Ursula Le Guin
One's first step in wisdom is to question everything - and one's last is to come to terms with everything.
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
Children enter school as question marks and leave as periods.
Everything we know has its origin in questions. Questions, we might say, are the principal intellectual instruments available to human beings. Then how is it possible that no more than one in one hundred students has ever been exposed to an extended and systematic study of the art and science of question-asking? How come Alan Bloom did not mention this, or E. D. Hirsh, Jr., or so many others who have written books on how to improve our schools? Did they simply fail to notice that the principal intellectual instrument available to human beings is not examined in school?
(Postman, 1995 , p. 173)
New York: Alfred A. Knopf.
Look at all the sentences which seem true and question them.
Be patient towards all that is unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves.
Rainer Maria Rilke
An answer is an invitation to stop wondering.
Art is really people asking the eternal question, What is it all about?
The test of a good teacher is not how many questions he can ask his pupils that they will answer readilly, but how many questions he inspires them to ask him which he finds it hard to answer.
Alice Wellington Rollins
In all affairs it's a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted.
What people think of as the moment of discovery is really the discovery of the question.
The only interesting answers are those which destroy the questions.
There are no foolish questions, and no man has become a fool until he stops asking questions.
Charles P. Steinmetz
It is not every question that deserves an answer.
I’d rather know some of the questions than all of the answers.
It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers.
The ability to ask the right question is more than half the battle of finding the answer.
Thomas J. Watson
The silly question is the first intimation of some totally new development.
Alfred North Whitehead
Questions are the creative acts of intelligence
Judge of a man by his questions rather than by his answers.
Sometimes questions are more important than answers.
help on how to format text
Turn off "Getting Started"