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The Power of Questions

I love to ask questions! I am a curious person with a passion for learning. Ever since I was a child I would ask every person I interacted with questions. I learned early on that everyone has knowledge to share, can speak to different topics, and it intrigued me to learn as much as I could.

In college I realized the importance of the questions I would ask myself. It became my process for reflecting and holding myself accountable to my words and actions in my daily life. The questions I ask myself most frequently are: How am I feeling? Why do I feel this way? What went well? What would I do differently? Who can I look to for support?


Today, I encourage you to take a few moments to ask yourself the following questions. As we go through the next few days, weeks, months, and years continue to ask them. Our awareness of self and others is guided by the efforts we put into the questions we ask. They help us understand our perception, the perspectives of others, and the role we each play in society yesterday, today, and tomorrow. The more we hold ourselves accountable to the mindfulness of our words, actions, choices, and decisions the more inclusive we become as a society.

How sustainable are the current expectations and demands of students, parents, educators, and administrators?
How are we prioritizing the emotional well being of students?
How are we prioritizing the emotional wellbeing of administrators' and educators'?
How do the social and emotional needs of a student connect to their academic success?
How are we integrating the developmental, social, emotional, and academic needs of our students with the health and safety requirements of COVID?
How are we integrating socialization during remote and in person learning?
What new barriers to learning exist because of remote learning or new school regulations? How can we navigate these barriers?
How are we meeting the needs of students with disabilities? How are we supporting their families?

Life is beautifully complicated. Oftentimes it is difficult to see the opportunities in the midst of the chaos. When we stop and take a moment to process the situations we are experiencing we may find answers that will enhance our awareness and accountability for the roles we play, and guide us to a better outcome. This is the power of questions!

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