Building The Curiosity Muscle By Asking Questions

Jennifer Gravlee

This month, Aspen Academy celebrates our one rule, "Be Kind" with a series of weeklong challenges. This week, our theme is "Kindness and Curiosity" and students are challenged to ask three questions in conversations to learn to be more genuinely curious. 

The world of education has changed over the years and has created a culture where students are set up to answer questions, not ask them. At Aspen Academy, we are changing that and allowing our students to ask the questions and encouraging them to find the answers. A child's world is a fresh, new, beautiful place filled with excitement and wonder and it is our job as educators to encourage them to keep that. Over time students seem to ask less "why" or "what" questions, and our goal is to build a culture that promotes curiosity and keeps it alive. 

This week, during our leadership time, our teachers will spend time teaching and encouraging our students to ask peers questions AND to truly listen to the response prompting more questions. We can model this by asking everyone around us questions. Below are some questions we share with students that we may ask them, or they may ask others. Feel free to select some from the list below and test them out with friends, colleagues, and family!

Example questions:

  • What do you daydream about?
  • What do you think about when you wake up?
  • What scares you?
  • What would you like to be stronger at?
  • What makes you laugh?
  • If you owned a business what would it be?
  • If you could visit any place where would it be and why?
  • What do you want your future to look like?
  • What are your goals?
  • What makes you feel energized?
  • If you built a cave in the woods what would you put in it?
  • If you could be any character in a book/movie who would it be and why?
  • What is the craziest thing you have ever eaten?
  • If you were the teacher and could teach your class one thing what would it be?
  • If you could change one thing about school what would you change?
  • What does a perfect friend look like to you?
  • What is your favorite toy?
  • What is something about you a lot of people do not know?
  • If you could have anything for lunch what would it be?
  • If you lived under the ocean what would your house look like?

About the Author:
Jennifer Gravlee is the Aspen Youth Leadership Institute & Aspen Entrepreneurial Institute Coach. Jennifer was born and raised in Bartlett, Tennessee and graduated from the University of Memphis with a major in Elementary Education. She brings 7 years of teaching experience to Aspen and loves helping children grow and learn. She can best be described as energetic, outgoing, passionate and optimistic.