Have you ever seen this graphic before? I was reading my pastor's blog the other day and he had this graphic at the top of the post...
...and I thought, "Well, that's really clever." And then, of course, the teacher-part of my brain kept nudging... this would make a great anchor chart to use during reading workshop. Right? It's such a clean, simple way to teach (and remind) children that asking good questions leads to the development of new ideas and deeper understanding. It shows how bright ideas are preceded by questions, and that without the questions, how can we have those important ah-ha moments?
Now this is the teacher-part of me getting even geekier about it. With older kids, I'd even point out how there are 3 (or multiple) questions before the light bulb. To me, this shows:
• It may take several curious questions to arrive at a big idea.
• The questions piggyback on each other... they're not exactly the same, but they're similar.
• The questions become more complete or more focused right before the big idea is understood.
I hear teachers all the time say, "I can't make nice anchor charts. I can't draw anything." But what could be simpler than this? It's almost like drawing a stick-figure person. Give it a shot. And what do you write on it? I think that's up to you and what your students' needs are. Actually, you might not even write anything on it (or very little) and let the children make observations about their questioning skills as they develop over the year. Each time they understand more about how they're thinking, you can record it on a sticky note and add it to the chart. That way, it can grow with your kids over time (and you can use it again next year!).
Here's my version of it. I colored the arrows green intentionally... it represents "GO," like on a traffic light, and it's my way of reminding the children to "GO" ... to keep asking questions until they find themselves understanding a new or big idea. Love it!
Happy teaching! :)