Random Wall of Questions

Quite often in our class the kids will ask me questions.  Especially questions I have no idea of the answer.  And I think that is great.

But what used to happen is I would say the standard response of, “Mmmm.  I am not sure.  Interesting.  Maybe we could investigate this.”  And of course never find time to come back to it.

So a few weeks ago we started to wonder what happens to all those random questions.  Do they get answered?  Or do they just stay floating around?  Did we think we would be better people if we were more dedicated to answering our random questions?

Random? I hear you say.  Things like;

  • Where does the word Pyjamas come from?
  • Why do leaves fall off trees?
  • Is water alive?

So we decided it was time to start respecting these questions some more.


So how does it work?

  1. Students think of random question and writes it in a cloud on the wall.
  2. Students and teachers walk past the wall and ponder the question.
  3. The wrench is added to the wall to suggest ways we could find out the answer to the question.
  4. When an answer is found it is written on a brick to be added to our wall.


What are some of the questions the kids have come up with?

  1. How much wind speed would it take to fell a tree?
  2. Why do watermelon have two different coloured seeds?
  3. How do I sleep?
  4. What would it be like if there was an extra letter in the alphabet?
  5. What does the ‘san’ mean at the end of a person’s name in Japanese


So now we are looking forward to answering some of the puzzling questions.

4 thoughts on “Random Wall of Questions”

    1. Hi,

      I like the way you put that – honoring student’s curiosity. I believe that curiosity is something we should honor, promote, nurture and place above all.

      Thanks for the comment.


  1. Hi Mel,

    Great idea, and great post.

    The Enquiring Minds program suggests this is a great way to source questions for inquiry projects – they also suggest having a regular “beat the teacher” sessions where the object is to ask questions that the teacher can’t answer. Helps to show that teachers don’t know everything and gather great questions.

    At the lab we actually started to try to write some web-based software that would allow learners to post questions that they or others could later turn into projects – a bit like a collaborative 43 things – never got passed the planning stage unfortunately.


    1. Hi Richard,

      Thanks for your post. I have actually thought that there are some great inquiry project questions in what the kids have come up with too. I like to give the kids an opportunity to do their own inquiry within out inquiry and hopefully these questions will be part of that. In term one we did passion projects and students came up with their own questions to answer and in third term we had questions to answer based on electricity. The work we got from both of these was well beyond what I could have got from the more traditional methods.

      Pity you didn’t get that question software off the ground!


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