Published in Pacelli Perspective

April 13, 2021

THE NEED TO ASK QUESTIONS

An adolescent doesn’t learn by listening.  They just don’t, they are pre-occupied by so many other things swirling around in their heads and they also have a short attention span for things that don’t engage them.  To really learn, a student needs to be constantly thinking, articulating points of view, and responding to and asking great questions.  Students thrive in settings where their opinions matter and they engage in meaningful debate.  At Oak Hill Academy, a private school in Monmouth County NJ, teachers build their curriculum centered on thought provoking questions, peer driven learning and hands-on projects.  These essential questions provoke discussion, hone a range of critical thinking skills, help form independent opinions, and critically evaluate the logic of others.

          At our NJ Private School, student centered classes stimulate student thinking in the following ways:

  • Provides meaningful and challenging work
  • Have an open access to an abundance of resources
  • Students may struggle, but learn how to recover from failure
  • Students are encouraged to form their own point of view
  • Students engage in frequent debates
  • They learn to ask good questions
  • They collaborate to solve real world problems
  • They display and defend accomplishments publically
  • They are encouraged to work hard because they are intrinsically motivated

Great questions are the starting point for deep thought.  Students form an academic mindset as they begin to trust their own abilities and start to believe their hard work will pay off, so they persist to overcome possible obstacles.  They see relevance of their school work and are driven to go further to learn more.

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