The Three Most Important Questions

The Director of Programs and I recently spent two days at a Design Thinking in Schools Workshop. One of the activities was to draw a visual of a core part of your work, and I drew this. I would venture to say these are the three most important questions to ask children as they work or tell you about their work:


  • What do you notice?
  • Why do you think it is like that? (theories)
  • Are you sure - how could you be more sure?


By asking these questions, the child is learning how we learn. We notice something. We try to figure out why it is like that. We come up with theories that we test and retest. We shift our ideas based on new information.


These questions are the difference between simply doing an activity and actually learning something new.