*[Photo by Pratham Books via flickr (CC BY 2.0).]*

I discovered this gem in my blog reading today. One of the secrets of great teaching:

Audrey seemed, for once, at a loss for words. She was thinking about the question.

I try to stay focused on being silent after I ask young children questions, even semi-serious accidental ones. Unlike most adults, they actually take time to think about their answers and that often means waiting for a response, at least if you want an honest answer.

If you’re only looking for the “right” answer, it’s fairly easy to gently badger a child into it, but I’m not interested in doing that.

## Learn Math by Asking Questions

The best way for children to build mathematical fluency is through conversation. For more ideas on discussion-based math, check out these posts:

**Tell Me a (Math) Story****Mathematicians Ask Questions****Quotable: Learning the Math Facts****Quotable: The Art of Teaching**

And be sure to follow Christopher Danielson’s **Talking Math with Your Kids** blog!