Alan November, in a workshop with teachers in Hong Kong where I found myself kind of randomly today:
- Give your students two sites that offer two competing versions of the truth. Have them determine which one is true.
- Assign one student each day the role of official researcher. Henceforth, whenever a question arises, the researcher answers it, not the teacher. Students eventually start asking more researchable questions more often.
- Come into class with your own research question. Tell the class you need someone on the planet who knows more than you do about it. Have them find that person.
I like the list. How adaptable are these items to a mathematics classroom?