Using Questions To Ignite Learning

Erika Petrelli
Erika Petrelli



The activities we do with our students are important… but the questions we ask them about the activity are equally important.  Creating intentional space for reflection ignites greater learning opportunities, allowing our students to make deeper connections and insights.  Participants of this session will learn how ignite curiosity and to create consistent routines of reflection.


When To Ask Questions

  • In the Beginning (How are you?)
  • In the Middle (What do you think about?)
  • At the End (What did you learn?)
  • Afterwards (What’s something you tried? What will you do now?)


Categories of Questions







7.I wonder…?

8.Do you..?


10.Wouldn’t it be cool if…?/Would you rather…?



Kolb’s Experiential Learning Cycle

  • What happened for me, and how am I feeling about it?
  • What happened with you/the group?
  • What does this remind me of? Where else does this happen?
  • What am I going to do now?

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Erika Petrelli

By Erika Petrelli

Erika Petrelli is the Senior Vice President of Leadership Development (and self-declared Minister of Mischief) for The Leadership Program, a New York City-based organization. With a Masters degree in Secondary Education, Erika has been in the field of teaching and training for decades, and has been with The Leadership Program since 1999. There she has the opportunity to nurture the individual leadership spirit in both students and adults across the country, through training, coaching, keynotes, and writing. The legacy Erika strives daily to create is to be the runway upon which others take flight. If you enjoy these blogs, you should check out her interactive journal, On Wings & Whimsy: Finding the Extraordinary Within the Ordinary, now available for sale on Amazon. While her work takes her all around the country, Erika calls Indiana home.