STUDENT BLOG: Asking Questions Leads to Knowledge

By Sothy

Some Cambodian students are afraid to ask the questions or force out their opinion to other people. It might be difficult if you are a teacher and you teach the students but they do not say what they do not know or understand. It usually happens with small groups of people who are under the age 18. They have different feeling about this situation like feel afraid, shy, or nervous.

I used to be in this situation when I was in high school. I feel shy to ask the questions or tell the teachers what is my wondering. I thought that is embarrassing to me in front of my friends when I told someone what I did not understand. When I become a college student and a teacher, I understood what is the challenge of someone teaching you or other people when they do not ask questions or are afraid to say what they do not know. That is difficult for teacher to teach students who are afraid to find out what they do not know.

However, most students are brave enough to tell teachers or somebody for solving their problems. In addition, that helps them a lot to improve themselves. So they learn and get more knowledge from their problems. Finally, I hope that not just only Cambodian students, but all people should force out and tell someone that can help you to fix it and improve yourself.

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Sothy is a graduate of Pouck High School in Siem Reap Province and a Tchey School alumni. He is currently a student will enjoy at Pannasas Tra University and teaches English to 5th and 6th students at Tchey School. He continues to study technology through the Ponheary Ly Foundation. If he could go anywhere in the world for a visit, he would go to Australia to see the opera house.

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  1. Hi Sothy

    I agree with you, it is difficult for the students to be brave to ask questions in class because they are taught by society to be quiet and polite. Even if we ask them “Do you understand”? everyone agrees that they understand even if they do not, so that they can be polite. This is no way to learn and very frustrating for the teacher.

    So I appreciate the way that you engage the students in class, asking them many questions, making them talk one by one, and letting them have a very interactive learning experience. When we do this, then all students can see that everyone has questions all the time, and that questions help them learn. Step-by-step they feel more confident.

    In the class, the students should always be talking more than the teacher~!

    What we need in the world are people who are not afraid to ask many questions or give an opinion, it improves ourselves and the world also.

    Good post!~

    1. I got it. I will use it in my English class too. These are as a good solution and I happy to have more comment. Thank you Lori.

  2. Sothy,

    Thank you for your wonderful insight in this piece. You are correct, often students feel too shy or are not empowered enough to ask questions in the classroom, yet that is precisely what they should be doing. It is imperative that teachers impart this to their students, however, and encourage and foster more student questions. Furthermore, we at the Right Question Institute believe that teachers should be teaching students how to ask their own questions, and deeper and more critical thinking questions at that. If you are interested in learning more, check out this Harvard Education Letter, http://hepg.org/hel/article/507. We wish you the best of luck with your teaching. Loved hearing about this school and program!

    1. I love it so much and thank you for your solution. I will try to do it as much as I can. Let me know more solution, I am happy to get it.

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