Curious Minds Want to Know....

Create a classroom station where students can ask questions that don't fit into the daily agenda but could be answered at another time.

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In order to foster curiosity and innovative thinking, I'd like to establish a routine for students to ask questions and find answers that might not fit into the daily plan. During downtime later on, or when students finish a task early, they can use classroom and online resource to answer these questions. We can share out the cool facts at the end of each week. 

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Students often have great questions, but they can quickly lead us off topic. As the teacher, I am looking for ways to balance student curiosity and still adhere to the curriculum map timeline.


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Photo of Jennifer Gaspar- Santos

I think the nugget from your idea is this> Students "can use classroom and online resource to answer these questions". It would be great data to see where students are going for their questions.

I suspect google.

But what should they look for in a credible source?

Did students arrive at different answers?

You could easily set up a google doc with a Table. I'm thinking three columns. Column 1: Kids Question, Column 2: Answer they found online Column 3: The online resource they used

Then use it to facilitate a great discussion.
Some resources to check out:
ISTE published some great FACT CHECKING sites here:

WWWDOT framework:

WWWDOT Framework. WWWDOT in an acronym for the factors to consider when evaluating a website as a possible source of information:

Who wrote it and what credentials do they have?
Why was it written?
When was it written or updated?
Does it help meet my needs?
Organization of site
To-do list for the future

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I see that that you didn't include a picture with your submission -- it would be great if you added a visual to give your idea the attention it deserves. You can find some good free use images at

Photo of Paloma Nikolic

This is great Nicole! Have you tried this, or a version of it, before in your classroom? How did it go?

Photo of Greg Lau

Lots of possibilities with this! It's a neat concept!

what if the students answered these questions in a group effort and even helped to answer other students' questions? I'm always trying to push students to find creative ways to do things, so immediately I wondered what if the students also presented the answers in unique and diverse ways?

Photo of Alysha English

Hey, Nicole! Thank you so much for sharing your idea; really interesting approach to the How Might We question. It almost makes me think of a modernized, digital "Parking lot"; curious to hear more about how you envision this being implemented! Thanks again for sharing!