There is no doubt that one of the greatest charges we have in education is to cultivate competent learners and ensuring that we put them in a position to see the value of their education (Sheninger, 2017). Engaging our students in critical conversations about their education ensures we keep an accurate pulse on the learning culture we have created. Too often our students learn without understanding the “why” of content or the “how” they may use this content later. One idea to ensure that we clearly articulate the “how” and “why” to our students is to ask them these three guiding questions. Their responses will indicate whether or not we have laid the appropriate groundwork with our students and if they see the implications of their learning on their own lives. Moreover, we can gain insight on our pedagogy or students’ learning styles. How we, as teachers, respond to these questions can help us not only cultivate competent learners but also mold the learning culture of our classroom. The three questions are:
- Why are you learning what you are learning?
- How will you use what you are learning?
- What is missing from your learning experience?