As teachers asking questions is second nature to us. It is how we get our students to think, to reason, to look at possibilities they may not have thought of exploring.
Sometimes these questions have a specific answer. What was IT in A Wrinkle in Time? We need to recall details.
Other times there is no specific answer. Why was IT not destroyed at the end of the book? We want our students to come up with their own ideas and defend their reasoning behind that choice.
Questioning doesn’t stop just because we leave the classroom. As adults we still seek answers to questions we have. Sometimes the answers are clear. Sometimes these questions have no obvious answer, at least not to me. So, if any of you have an answer to any of these questions please let me know.
1. Why is it that on the interstate someone passes me at as high rate of speed a quarter mile from an exit, gets back in front of me, and slows down only to get off at the approaching exit?
2. Why is it that the person with the shrillest voice who is always a flat or sharp away from the note being sung the loudest in a group.
3. Why is there always one person in church who when reciting the Our Father or any other prayer is always two or three words ahead of the congregation and why is this person always sitting behind me?
4. Why does the printer always run out of ink or paper when I only need five more copies?
5. Why does plastic wrap always stick tightly to itself but not to the dish I am trying to cover?
6. Since we are on things that stick, why is it that those sticky price labels placed on bakery items not stick to the plastic container but form a hard and fast bond with the inside of the plastic grocery bag?
7. Why do things break at night when there is nothing you can do about it until the next day?I
8. Why do gas prices seem to come down the day after I fill my tank?
9. Why do the cats pick the middle of the night to wake me up with the sound of a furball?
10. Why do people hang up just as I answer the phone?