Probing Questions

Padmanabh Kelkar has shared a great set of 30 questions for use by teachers in a classroom to stimulate interesting discussions. Here they are:

  1. Will it be like that in the future too?
  2. What do you mean with that?
  3. Can you give an example?
  4. Does everybody understand that?
  5. Why do you think that?
  6. Why is that so?
  7. How do we know if that is true?
  8. What did you base that on?
  9. What else do we know about that?
  10. Can you demonstrate that?
  11. What could we deduce from that?
  12. What would the consequences be?
  13. Can you imagine that it isn’t so?
  14. Does anyone think differently?
  15. Can the opposite be true?
  16. Is there a rule for that?
  17. How did that come about?
  18. What are the similarities between all these examples?
  19. Do you think differently compared to how you thought before?
  20. Has it always been like that?
  21. How does that fit into what you just said?
  22. Have we looked at it from all angles now?
  23. What does that have to do with our initial question?
  24. How is that possible?
  25. Why?
  26. What would be the reason for that?
  27. Does that apply in other countries too?
  28. How could you prove that?
  29. Who decides that?
  30. Can it still change?