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A Pedagogy of Questioning

"What is really essential in this process is that both the teacher and the students know that open, curious questioning, whether in speaking or listening, is what grounds them mutually—not a simple passive pretence at dialogue."

Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of Freedom

  1. ‘What do you think?’
  2. ‘What does that mean to you?’
  3. ‘What would you do if you were…?’
  4. ‘What would happen if…?’
  5. ‘What makes you say that?’
  6. ‘Do you agree?’
  7. ‘What does that mean?’
  8. ‘What would that lead to?’
  9. ‘Where did that thought come from?’
  10. ‘Guess!?’
  11. ‘What could that mean?’
  12. ‘What may happen next?’
  13. ‘What could an answer be?’
  14. ‘How would you solve the problem?’
  15. ‘What do you think it means?’
  16. ‘What do you feel is right?’
  17. Who do you feel is right?’
  18. Why does it matter?
  19. ‘Do you disagree?’
  20. ‘What makes you think that?’
  21. ‘Why did they think that?’
  22. ‘Where did that idea come from?’
  23. ‘How sure are you that that is the right answer?’
  24. ‘What is your solution to…?’
  25. ‘How might others see this?’
  26. ‘Is that your best answer or your first answer?’
  27. ‘What could this mean?’
  28. ‘How does this link with that…?’
  29. ‘When might that not be true?’
  30. ‘Where might that not be true?’ ‘
  31. Have another guess?’
  32. ‘What if the opposite were true…?’
  33. ‘Could the opposite be true?’
  34. 'I disagree with you - persuade me!' [ITL]


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