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    3 Ways to Help Learners Find Their Own Answers Before Asking You

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    3 Ways to Help Learners Find Their Own Answers Before Asking You

    Teachers strive to help learners find their own answers by doing one thing—giving them the skills to do so. Although this seems like a tall order, in reality, it's simpler than you think. Part of it resides in ensuring students know they have options for this.

    Exploring these options is the essence of the philosophy of 3B4ME. It's an ingenious way to help learners find their own answers using simple paths to discovery. Using this strategy, learners can seek answers on their own—and usually find them—before needing to resort to asking a teacher.

    We encourage our learners to think critically and act independently to solve problems every day. The Future Fluencies help with this, but so do simple tools like 3B4ME. The graphic below from Pinterest offers a great visual sample of how it works.


    What is 3B4ME?

    3B4ME works to help learners find their own answers before asking a teacher with suggestions like:

    • Ask three friends
    • Explore three different resources
    • Take three different tutorials
    • Formulate three exploratory questions
    • Visit three websites

    These are some possible avenues that can be taken that can help learners find their own answers. Additionally, the possibilities expand when you use these suggestions and others in different combinations.

    Enjoy the graphic, and keep on encouraging learners to explore and discover answers and solutions.

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    Editor's note: This post was originally published in 2018 and has been updated for comprehensiveness.

    Originally published Aug 4, 2018, updated October 15, 2021


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