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Habit of Mind 7 (HoM)

December 5th, 2019 · No Comments


Habit of Mind 7: Questioning and Problem Posing


The formulation of a problem is often more essential than its solution, which may be merely a matter of mathematical or experimental skill. To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advances.”

-Albert Einstein

Inquire – Question – Challenge and Perspectives are the elements to a strong development of questioning and problem posing.  There is no such thing as a stupid question, the all time quote of every teacher – but it is true and especially important in the work place. Ask questions to fill the gaps between what you know and don’t know about your work projects. Think more about the problem than just a solution, making predictions is  a great part of this. The Scientific Method is the perfect set of steps to follow in any project or problem you face.

Scientific Method:


Create a hypothesis, or predict the outcome and a range of problems you might face along the way. Question different outcomes and those predicaments but inquiring about the multifaceted elements of the problem itself.


Make questioning a daily task and it becomes a habit within your thought process and your mind. The other habits are great for creating this one as well, such as, using past knowledge or applying what you already know. Patterns are a great source for reliability. Using all your senses is also a great habit to apply here as it encourages multiple angles and perspectives to be viewed.


Ask questions and challenge those things happening around you, as a curious mind is a continually learning one!



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