Wondering and Wandering

I sometimes meet teachers who don’t know what to do with kids who wonder “too much.”  Some teachers feel that a class discussion can get way off track if the wondering turns into wandering.  There are lots of things kids do to get off track, but this wandering can be a really productive one.  Scientific work is based on questioning.  Imaginative work leads to “What if?” questions.  I say, let kids ask all the questions they want. Make space for their questions by letting them post on bulletin boards or drop questions into wondering boxes for future exploration.

I don’t worry about the kids who ask too many questions.  I worry about the kids who don’t.