The 5 Why’s

Sometimes the intellectually curious students we crave lead to a disconnect in the classroom. As they’re asking deep, fascinating, love-of-learning questions, peers can be seen daydreaming and losing focus at the gap in skill development.

A simple instructional routine can harness the power of inquiry, making it more of the norm than the exception. The idea of asking why 5 times has been used by Toyota manufacturers since the 1980’s to dig down to deeper truths.

This strategy gives students the opportunity to more fully grasp concepts or skills by creating a safe environment for asking questions. It encourages intrapersonal reflection in an interpersonal setting. By modeling how to seek deep understanding, students can think through questions they might otherwise miss!



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