I’m a former high school English Literature teacher. This should be no secret but just incase it is, I taught in the states of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. My style of instruction/facilitation is both intentional, I wanted my students to learn. In the classroom, I’m swift and spunky, I probe and challenge, I do not accept “I don’t know” for an answer. I believe the mind is our most powerful muscle but it has to be trained and stretched. I achieved this in my classroom by implementing two vital strategies.
Strategy One: Creating questions that forced my students to think beyond the surface. I wanted my students to explore the land of nuances and to think both critically and strategically about the topic at hand.
Strategy Two: To let go of the myth there is no such thing as a dumb question. Yes there is.
Let me explain before you jump down my throat. I do not believe anyone should be afraid of asking questions. However, the reality is there are some really stupid questions that are asked and people will judge your aptitude and listening skills accordingly.
“Now, what does this have to do with a career blog since you ladies are not my students?
The answer is simple, we don’t stop asking questions in our adult life. The need to ask questions continues in all of our relationships especially at work.
I encouraged my students to think critically because I knew one day, their respective careers would require this of them.
Replace poorly worded questions with clear and concise ones.It is essential for those of us looking to reach new heights in our careers. We can’t waste precious time answering questions we could have answered on our own with less than 5 minutes of reading or research.
Simply put, when you ask better questions, you get better answers. If the person you admired were in the room, what would you ask them? You wouldn’t waste time asking them questions you could find out on your own. Absolutely not. You would ask really good questions and you would think about those questions in advance. Approach all your conversations this way, people will appreciate you for it.