3 questions to ask at the beginning of a lesson and answer at the end

Every time I sit down with my family to have a meal, usually dinner, we go around the table and answer 2 or 3 questions.

The questions that are the most asked are:

  1. What did you learn today?

  2. What are you grateful for?

The rules are simple:

  • You can't learn something like "I learned that my brother is a jerk."

  • You can't be intellectually lazy and be "grateful for the food"

  • Everyone gets equal time to talk

  • Everyone must participate

The answers can be surprising, and offer insight into the others around the table. They generally learn and remember what interests them most.

We have been doing this long enough, if everyone is home for dinner, they often have what they learned thought out in advance. Some family members have told me that when something interesting happens, they make a point of remembering it because they know they will be asked about it later on.

This is why you ask the following questions at the beginning of a lesson, but wait until the end to get the answer.

These 3 questions can change your lessons:


What did I learn?

When you ask this at the beginning of a lesson, like "at the end of today's lesson I am going to ask you what you learned" primes the brain for learning.

Students often pay attention more so they can share what they learned at the end.


What did I teach?

This is for the teacher? If someone hasn't learned anything, I haven't taught anything.

Even if I have covered chord inversions, if a student can't explain it back to me by the end of a lesson, I haven't taught it.


What can I DO?

My guarantee to my students is that they leave a lesson playing better and knowing more than they did when they arrived.

It isn't enough for me to know that they can play better, they have to own it, and know it too.

Sarah Beatrice Lyngra