The Third Level 'Why'
This technique is useful at times to help students to see questions that they may be assuming the answers to through long habit. I read it years ago, and if anyone knows where it originated, I would be glad to give the author credit for the concept.
This is a dialogue with the class. Have the students open their notebooks to a general notes page. Then have them write the following questions and answers.
First hold a pencil [or other object'] between your fingers, over the floor and say:
QUESTION: What happens when I open my fingers?
QUESTION: WHY does the pencil fall?
QUESTION: WHY do you think that it is gravity??
Therefore, this little exercise helps students open up to look at something that they are working on with 'new eyes.'
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