All the Answers
This evening, Katherine asked me a question that she already knew the answer to. I responded but then teasingly said, “Why’d you ask, if you knew!?”
Katherine said she wasn’t sure but then Caroline chimed in…
She said, “Well teachers ask questions they know the answers to all the time.”
Caroline thought nothing of this comment but I can’t help but wonder if this is a problem. Shouldn’t our classrooms be places of authentic learning? A community of learners where, at times, the teacher is acquiring knowledge beside the child? And shouldn’t there be times, many times, when there is no right answer to know? When the teacher can’t possibly know the answer to the question she is asking?
During a week in which I positive that no one has all the answers, one thing I know is that these are all important questions to ask.
I think that’s one of the privileges of being an an engaged parent – when M asks a question I don’t know the answer to, we can find out together – it makes being a parent a whole lot more interesting than if I knew all the answers!