- Can I go to the bathroom?
- Can I get a drink?
- Does this count?
- How much is this worth?
- I left my binder/homework/book/calculator/sweatshirt/fill-in-appropriate-item-here in my locker. Can I go get it?
- I was out yesterday. Did I miss anything?
- What is the difference between raw materials and natural resources?
- I know we are studying the Commercial Revolution, but I have heard that we are in the Information Revolution. When do you think that started, Mrs. Gallagher?
- Why were the Africans willing to sell their own people to the slave traders?
- Why do they call it [the journey of slaves on crowded ships from Africa across the Atlantic Ociean to the Americas] the Middle Passage?
- If slaves outnumbered their owners, why didn't they just kill all the owners?
- What is it like to get typhus or smallpox? How come we don't hear about people getting those anymore?
- Are the Liberals and Conservatives from the 1800s like Liberals and Conservatives today?
- Are arches considered neo-classical or gothic architecture?
- How is it possible to get the most votes but not the majority?
These are just the questions I thought of in the 10 or 15 minutes I took out of my preparation period today to type up this post. I'm sure the rest of you have many more examples from your own classes. What great questions have your students asked you lately?