The Most Revealing Question
It’s a good day when you can get a specific, meaningful answer to this question. At the dinner table or in the crosswalk at the end of the day, I have asked my students and my own children, “So, what did you learn today?” My experience is that one’s answer to this question is very revealing (and often disappointing).
“Tell me something you learned today.”
“Um, I don’t know.”
“What’s something you learned?”
“Can you think of something specific?”
“I learned some math.”
“What did you learn in math?”
It’s like pulling teeth. Every once in a while, I’ll see a child’s eyes light up, their posture straighten, and their energy come alive as they describe something very specific in vivid detail.
I dare you to try it. Make it a daily habit. Ask anybody and see what responses you get.