Activity 1 : Question Quadrant

  • to ask questions in order to convey information
  • to internalise the habit of thinking and asking questions
  • to use suggestions in an inquiry
  • to express thoughts, facts or ideas
  • to use questioning techniques
  • to report facts or ideas
  • Communicate and exchange data
  • Question about information
  • Tell the other  facts or ideas.
  • Question Quadrant
  • Question sheets
  • A blank sheet of sheet for information, pens...

The activity consists of exchanging and   writing an information on reflection sheet.

This activity can be done alone or in groups of up to 4.

A time of collective restitution can be planned: each one presents his work which allows to reflect collectively on the links with the questions and related information

1.The educator will tell the participants that s/he is going to ask them about their favourite nostalgic TV shows that will take them to their childhood and why, adding that there is a ‘magical word’ with which they can supply their preferences and reasons

2.While describing their preferences and opinions about their favourite TV shows from their childhood, they find out that the magical word is ‘because’.

3.The educator wants the participants to keep the word ‘because’ handy because they might need it to give a reason for what they say.

4.The participants are introduced to a story/scene from a nostalgic cartoon show: “Pooh and Piglet can be seen trudging along a snowy track. The day is clear, but the sun is low, and it casts a yellowish-orange glow over the scene. Piglet is wrapped in the woollens and a scarf, while Pooh has nothing on but an old short-sleeved top that is several sizes too small for him. Piglet says to Pooh touchingly. ‘We’ll be friends forever, won’t we Pooh?’ ‘Even longer’ Pooh replies.

  1. Some previously written questions are given to the participants about this little story/ scene:
  • Is the season summer or winter?
  • Who is dressed more warmly, Pooh or Piglet?
  • Who wrote the stories about Pooh and Piglet?
  • What are the names of the other characters in their stories?
  • Where are Pooh and Piglet going?
  • Why isn’t Pooh dressed more warmly?
  • Is it important to have life-long friendships?
  • Can something last more than forever?
  1. After each participant reads out their given questions, the educator introduces the question quadrant on the wall and explains the question categories accordingly. The participants place their questions in the question quadrant giving their reasons with ‘because’..
  • Did we build on others’ ideas?
  • Did we search for other possibilities?
  • Did we look at different points of views?
  • How good were the questions asked today?
  • Did we sufficiently examine the concepts we used?
  • How good were the reasons we gave for what we said?

This practical activity is - by its nature - an intergenerational activity.

In mixed groups with different ages, questioning skills can be considered regarding the age. In this way,  the sense of being community can be empowered.