My Favorite Question #SOL18

db4de-slice-of-life_individualMy favorite question to ask students and teachers is:

What do you notice?


I use it when I model lessons for teachers.

I use it when I am asking students about text.

I use it during a brain drainer [defocus to refocus] to reflect on a quote from Marianne Williamson.

I use it when I debrief with a teacher after a visit.

I use it with teachers when examining student work.

What is your favorite question to ask??

A bonus question: Instead of What do you do? I like to ask: What are you most passionate about? What gets you out of bed in the morning?

14 thoughts on “My Favorite Question #SOL18

  1. My question is typically similar to yours in the bonus… I like ask people what drives them, what makes them who they are and what makes them do what they do. Such as “What most defines you as you see yourself?” Or “Why do you do you?”. Often, then are follow up questions regarding how their perceive themselves versus how they are perceived, with the goal of identifying if they are really in control of their influence on the world, if they are really achieving their potential/ends.

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    • I like your questions better than mine! I like your follow up about percpetion. I asked some people I worked with if people really knew them…ALL of them said No….Always an interesting conversation starter

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      • They are yours for the taking! And you hit another excellent question there… I too have rarely met people who bring their “full selves” to work, or even to anyone at all. Some of them don’t even let themselves know their full selves! They just get through each day, putting more and more of the burden for maintaining their life on to their subconscious and onto “chance”, “fate”, etc…

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  2. That’s a great question — I like it! I don’t really have a favorite question…or at least I’ve never thought about it. I think I’ll have to ponder that for a while….. 🙂 ~JudyK


  3. I love this question and it is part of my repertoire for sure. My other fave – and one I use a LOT – is: What can you tell me about that? I use it with my children’s art – then I’m not guessing what they drew. I use it with my students’ writing. I use it with my colleagues’ concerns. Oh, I see that you’ve done a lot of pencil drawing/ written about this particular prompt or chosen this format/ are struggling with this issue… what can you tell me about that?

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  4. I love this question and try to use it often! My other favorite when working with kids and teachers is “How do you know?” Sometimes we forget to explain our thinking–even to ourselves. Thanks for sharing this thought-provoking post today!


  5. You are a coach extraordinaire, Tammy. So grateful for your good questioning. I think I probably need to learn from YOU! I love the coaching question: “When you think about the kind of classroom you want to have, the kind of teaching & learning that you know inspires kids, supports their growth and excites you, what gets in the way?” And you know what? I haven’t been asking this question enough. So I better hop to it!

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