Today we were brainstorming ideas about electricity, practicing clarifying, and creating questions that start “What causes…”. Some students are anxious about this, seem to fear that if they ask those questions, they will have to answer them. My goal is for us to draw the boundaries of what we do and don’t know — not to get lost in some metaphysical endless loop. Facing the giant pile of what we don’t know is hard sometimes.
I say “If it seems like we’ll never run out of questions, don’t worry. We don’t have to answer those questions — we’re just keeping track of what we have and haven’t answered. And anyway, if we ran out of questions, wouldn’t that be awful and boring?”
The answer from the back of the room is, “No, that would be great. And then I’d be smart.”
What’s my next move?