Give Questions Rather than Answers

by Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller


There are times when asking a question is more valuable to a student than giving an answer. Questions invite thinking. Answers encourage following. Check these out.

"What have you thought of so far?"

"What possibilities do you see?"

"What are you attempting to accomplish here?'

"How would you like it to turn out?"

"What can you do to create it the way you want it?"

"How would you handle it if no one were around to ask?"

"What do you think would happen if you did that?"

"What outcome would you predict if you made that choice?"

"What choices do you have?"

"Which one will you make your top priority?


"What is your heart telling you?"

"How do you want to BE when you DO that?"

"How come?"

"What response do want to produce?"

"Where else might you find an answer?"

"How are you going to make up that work?

"How necessary is it?"

"What effect will that have on others?"

"When will you begin?"

"How will you motivate yourself?"

"How will you stay focused?"

"What's your top strategy?"

"Would you be willing to put you name in it?"

"Is there another option that might work for both of us?"

"How is that helping you?"

"Where will you find support?"

"What if being right doesn't work?"

"What would it take to change your mind?"

"What do you think could work?"

"Is there another way you could say that, that would invite more listening?"

"Is this a time to walk away and take a break?"

"What are the benefits of finishing it?"

"Any questions?"

"Do you have a question that could be added to our list?"


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