Two footed questions – Roundtable 58

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Would you agree that we tend to ask more questions with predictable answers than we ask questions to open doors into discovery? If questions bore you to boot, consider asking questions to yourself and others that we most like to answer!

Two-footed questions drive curiosity and they can  convert even ordinary minds, into expert problem solvers. The idea is  to engage both sides of the brain, to increase innovation, and to bypass boredom.

Family reunions can be stoked by a two footed question such as, What interesting or fun thing will you do in the next week or two? Workshops might be energized by the question, “What would your workday look like tomorrow if you applied one practical tip learned in this workshop today? Can you think of a question that brings new content, ideas, or facts into play to actively engage you as an enabler? To do so is to raise two-footed questions as Mita brain-based tools to create change by adding space for innovation.

Add a second foot to your question and watch how it suddenly draws people into action.  You splash brilliant new colors, onto a canvass  so that both sides of  human brains leap into life.

Want more genius opportunities? Expect dynamic and surprising responses with two-footed questions.  Challenge intellect and emotions, as they interweave within the human brain – to rock science and arts into action.

By  triggering curiosity, two-webbed-queries also stoke motivation.  Set the stage for problem-solving, invite ambiguity and elicit discovery, by adding that second foot, illustrated below.

One Foot asks: What are the main functions of brainpowered tools? – which invites  content to consider or analyze. The answers to one-footed questions provide facts to engage, but fails to engage the person or apply innovations. This question type tends to drive most learning environments – including higher education. Would you agree that’s why significant change rarely occurs from typical lessons learned.

Foot Two might add:
and how will these tools jump start active participation for your next meeting? With the second foot (or right brain extension) this question transforms brainpower.  How so?  One foot relates to accurate content –  and the other foot motivates novel actions that result from learning facts or concepts. It’s quite straightforward, and yet it requires deliberate designing to draw from both sides of the brain.


To design two-footed questions, ask:

  • Does the question lead to investigation and original applications?
  • Will challenges lead to novel actions that can be evidenced?
  • Will responses integrate arts and sciences, much as inventors do?
  • Will respondents find good motivation to sustain related investigations?
  • Did the question motivate personal involvement to answer?
  • Will respondents care enough to invest curiosity and enthusiasm?
  • What evidence is there that responses will  include opposing views?
  • Will the query lead to further reflections, such as “where to from here?”
  • Was there opportunity to play with, What if possibilities?

Teach teens and young adults to question facts with two feet and then run after innovative responses! These whole brain questioning tools at secondary, college and beyond help learners to form teams, complete projects, test prep, raise character, write well, interview peers and experts, and analyze.

Students love to generate and ask two-footed questions to engage both sides of their brains! Teachers love to see arts and science weave together in reality the way they mesh in students’ minds! No wonder deeper understanding results!

Typical 2-footed questions that engage  Mita  clients:

How would you answer the two-footed challenge: Do your questions compel others to answer? Great questions, for instance create simplicity out of complexity, and draw participants into dynamic innovations with mind-bending outcomes. What was that you just asked?

Created by Ellen Weber, Brain Based Tasks for Growth Mindset

This tool is available on my TpT site

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