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What happens if a student asks a question that you don’t know the answer to?

22 Aug

According to Wilbert McKeachie in McKeachie’s Teaching Tips: Strategies, Research, and Theory for College and University Teachers, you can use this as an opportunity to model how a professional in your field approaches a problem. You might:

  • think out loud to model your thought process
  • identify the resource(s) you would consult to find the answer
  • inform the student that you will get back to them with an answer and be sure to do so

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