Admit when you don't understand, Ask questions

posted Feb 15, 2013, 11:44 AM by Omar Longus   [ updated Jun 6, 2013, 10:52 AM ]
I do not believe in the saying "there are no stupid questions." There are stupid questions. However, I believe "stupid questions" can often be the most important ones to ask. If you do not know something, the worst thing to do is to stop seeking the answer because you are afraid of appearing dumb or bothersome.

I ask stupid questions constantly, and they have helped me become a better student and person. Getting over the fear of being wrong is a powerful tool in learning new things and discovering more about yourself. Recognize when you do not understand something or would like more clarification, and work to gain the confidence to ask for help. It will help you and your students.

Similarly, involving your students in the decision making process in your classroom can pay dividends. Mind/Shift has a thoughtful article entitled To Get Students Invested, Involve Them in Decisions Big and Small.