Importance of Asking Questions

By Your Teacher Loving Beast

Today I'll talk briefly about the importance of asking questions. So many times I have had students just say yes, I know, I understand, no questions and ok, when they really didn't understand something just to try to sound intelligent or something. 

The truth about this is that it only makes them more confused later on and then tell me they really didn't understand anything. This is a very bad thing to do. Unfortunately I am not a mind reader. I can't tell you what you do not know, and I won't try to guess what you don't know when I first meet you either. Only later on will these things be discovered over time. So by asking questions, listening to the answers, and by asking more questions do we really have true communication and growth. 

Many times I have to start sessions by asking simple questions to encourage students to try to talk to me. Very rarely do they actually come into sessions and ask me something. I am more than happy to try to answer a question and to explain it's answer if it is complex. I have had students before complain that they didn't get too much of a chance to talk as I was trying to give them information or focusing on grammar mistakes. 

The funny thing was that every time I asked these students if they had a question or a thought, they always answered no. So I continued. I really wished they would have asked me their questions or gave their thoughts to me, instead of just making them magically talk to me. So a good rule I try to teach my students is.. "There are no such things as stupid questions, only stupid answers, and the people who do not listen". So please feel free to ask or share your thoughts in session. Otherwise I'm sorry if we could be mind readers, then who would need english?

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