ED 200 Week Three Part 1 (Fall 2020)

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to Week Three Part 1 of our ED 200 class.


Let us carry on.

Here is a picture and a saying. Let this be our starting point:



Do you know who this is? This is Bruce Lee. He was one of my favorite martial artists when I was younger.

Even though Bruce Lee provides us with a statement, it also provides us with an interesting question? What does Bruce Lee mean? What does this statement mean for us? What can it possibly mean in terms of the foundations of education and schooling?


Can we gain any insight from the shows that are popular on television? I think we can.

Have a look at the following. I picked a few clips from shows that some of you said you enjoyed watching — Game of Thrones, Grey’s Anatomy, and House. I think you will know these.

But, what do you notice in all of these clips?


Suicide or Murder? | The Blind Banker | Sherlock


Meredith Confronts the Doctor Who Killed Derek – Grey’s Anatomy


Game Of Thrones 8×04 – Varys And Tyrion About Aegon Targaryen


Vegans | House M.D.



Well, you probably noticed a lot of different things. But, did you notice the number of questions that were being asked? Did you notice that you were always wondering about things yourself?


Question, wonder, question, wonder, question, wonder. On, and on, and on.

Here is another question that comes to mind–speaking of movies and television shows. Why is it that we don’t want someone to tell us the end of the story? Or the end of the sport game? Or the end of a movie?

You know the feeling. You missed a show and you are planning on watching it this evening and your friend walks us and says, “Hey, what did you think of the show last night?” Your first response — “Don’t tell me! I haven’t seen it yet!”


“Don’t tell me! I haven’t seen it yet!”


We like questions. We like to wonder. It is human nature. Isn’t it?

Just think of this–how many questions do children ask each day? Why is that? What is it that causes children to ask so many questions? And, why is it that the questioning seems to stop by about third grade?

Consider for a moment how many questions you used to ask each day compared to how many questions you ask each day now.

Let us see if Karen Maeyens can tell us anything regarding this:

The value of asking questions | Karen Maeyens | TEDxUFM



Third Question Set

25. According to Karen Maeyens, what makes for a good question?


I think she offers us some worthwhile information.

Let’s see if we can learn anything more about questioning from Steve Aguirre.


The Power of Questions | Steve Aguirre | TEDxBergenCommunityCollege



Third Question Set

26. What are the six things, according to Steve Aguirre, that questions can do for us?




You might be wondering where I am going with all of this. And I do actually want to consider teaching, education, and schooling from Bruce Lee’s and other’s perspective of questioning.

So, I think we would probably agree that questioning is important. And we would probably agree that we do seem to reduce the number of questions we ask once we get to school. But why? Why do we stop asking questions? And what does questioning even have to do with education?


Now that we have been developing a new sensitivity to questioning, let us look at three different short clips from TEACH. Ask yourself as you watch these, how are each of the teachers questioning? How often are they questioning? How do they question? And why do they question?


From TEACH (Segment) Preparing for Advanced Placement History


From TEACH (Segment) Seeking Feedback


From TEACH (Segment) Further Expanding Teaching Methods


Third Question Set

27. What do you notice about questioning from the three segments from the TEACH documentary?


28. What would you say is the effect of questioning in the previous clips?


To summarize:

Today we examined the act of questioning and began to question how questioning might be important in education, teaching, and schooling. Will we see a narrative, or a story of the value of questioning as we move forward? Maybe.