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  • Set a clock or a timer for 35 minutes. Do not guess when 35 minutes is up. Keep track of when you begin and at what time you must end.
  • During this 35-minute time period, you are going to do one thing continuously: make a list of 100 questions . For 35-minutes, non-stop, you will write one question after another in a long list. Nostatements. No prose writing expanding on your thoughts. No poetry. Simply, write questions - one right after another in a list.

The questions can be on any topic - they might be personal, or political, related to education or not; they might bephilosophical or ordinary questions about the weather. Do not "think" too much about your questions. The point is to make a list of 100 questions - all types of questions jumbled together - and to give yourself permission to be messy anduncensored - to ask whatever comes to mind, and to put it on paper.

A list of questions might look odd when re-read because it covers a host of seemingly unrelated topics. Give yourself permission towrite a list of questions, completely uncensored by the "editor" that might live in your mind - the part of us that filters out what is "acceptable" andwhat is " not acceptable" to present to others or to ourselves.

A list might look as diverse as follows:

  • When will the rains stop?
  • Will Najib come home?
  • How can I not feel so tired at the end of the day?
  • Will I get to use Sita's bicycle?
  • Why is one side of a blade of grass smooth and the other side rough?
  • What will happen next?
  • What would the world look like if I traveled on a beam of light?

It may be difficult to keep at it for 35 minutes, but stick with it. You do not have to write fast. You can take your time. The lessyou "think" about it and let it flow freely, the more surprises you might view later. Your list of questions might feel too private to share with others.Rest assured. You do not have to share this list with anyone. The point is to experience what it feels like to simply ask questions, uncensored, for an extended period of time.

Assignment 2 - the power of questions: continued

Assignment 2: The Power of Questions


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  • To create your own personal Question Wall.
  • To experience the value of asking questions.
  • To see how questions can create meaningful curriculum.

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Assignment 2: The Power of Questions

Part One: Reflection

  • When the 35 minutes is up, simply write 4 - 5 sentences reflecting on the process or experience of writing this list of 100 questions.Re-read your list of questions. What do you notice? What surprised you?

Part Two: Course Title and Description

  • Imagine for a moment that a class of students generated these questions - not you. What would be the content of a course that you coulddesign that would address or answer 1 of the questions on the list? or 3 or 4 questions on the list? or most of these questions on the list? Give thisnew course a title and write a 6 - 7 sentence description of the course including topics to be covered, assigned readings, activities, fieldtrips, etc.

You might begin by putting your questions into groups and then giving titles to each group, or you might simply re-read your list,think about what "your imagined students are asking" and come up with a course title and write your 6 - 7 sentence course description from there. Youmight simply choose one question and write the course title and description from there. Approach it however you wish.

Questions & Answers

How we are making nano material?
what is a peer
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
What is STMs full form?
scanning tunneling microscope
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
How can I make nanorobot?
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
how can I make nanorobot?
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
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