When You Have a Question – A.S.K.

I teach high school and community college computer courses. I enjoy seeing students comprehend new material. I always tell my students to ask questions. I do not mind interruptions on relevant questions about what is being discussed. I have found that if one student has a question about what is being taught, other students probably have the same question. Also, once a student has developed a question, that student will concentrate on remembering the question to ask later instead of concentrating on what is being taught. I would much prefer a student ask the question when they think of it because the question is usually triggered by the current discussion and the appropriate answer will further explain an important part of the topic. Seeing various acronyms for the word “ask” I have developed my own.

  • Assess what the concern or problem is.
  • Search for a solution.
  • Know that you will eventually receive help in finding the answer.

Assess What the Concern or Problem Is

In a classroom setting this may be a quick process, since it is usually related to what is being taught at the time. Outside of the classroom this may be a much longer and more involved process. Know why you want the answer as well as fully understanding the question.

Search for a Solution

Searching for your own solution often helps you better understand the question and the answer. When you find your own answer, it will mean a lot more to you and you will remember the answer a lot longer.

Know that You will Eventually Receive Help

In class, the answer can often come quickly, but in real life it may take awhile to find the answer. In emergencies, listening to that “still, small voice” that each of us is blessed with, along with heeding other warnings can be essential to our survival. In Idaho, the Teton Dam Collapse was a major catastrophe.

The estimates with the flooding, there should have been about 5,300 people killed in the collapse who lived in two cities downstream. There are conflicting reports on how many people were killed. It was 6-11 people who unfortunately lost there lives. One lived directly below the dam and did not really notice the problems the dam was having. Some did not heed the warnings about the approaching dam collapse until it was too late. Half were out of harms way, but went back in to save material items since they thought they had more time before the actual collapse. Sometimes the answer will come over many years. Know the difference so that you recognize an immediate answer and an evolving answer that may take up to a few years to receive.

End Note

I do not like posting incomplete entries, but I want to properly save my work for k=now and get some feedback. Hope you enjoy this.

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