Knowing people starts with asking questions about them. Though the questions are meant to explore people’s interests and value systems, these play other roles too. One of the most important functions is that these bring the emotion of connectedness. The students, when asked questions, feel well taken care of. They develop feeling of belonging and camaraderie. And most importantly, questions offer the easiest ice-breakers.
Asking the right questions to students – what it does
In the classroom environment, asking questions to high school students set the tone for the session. The teachers can make the best use of questions to achieve the following purposes:
- Be familiar with the students
- Check their knowledge
- Check the learnings attained from the lecture
- Keep all students on the same page
- Prevent the students’ thoughts from going astray.
Questions keep the ball rolling and serve as the right communication enabler when people are all set to know each other in terms of knowledge, values, aspirations, etc.
But, what type of questions can be asked to the high school students? We decode the enigma here and bring you the most extensive list of 100+ interesting and common ‘question of the day’ to ask high schoolers.
Questions of the day that help learn about the personality
- Why you choose to join this school?
- Which subject interests you the most?
- Have you gone through the curriculum? What do you think is its best feature and what is missing?
- What do you dream to become on growing up?
- Who is your role model and why?
- What volunteering activities have you done recently?
- Which book outside the curriculum have you read most recently?
- Which movie did you find quite inspirational? What about it struck you?
- How did you spend your weekend?
- When you need help or see someone in need of help, what do you do?
- Which global issue concerns you a lot?
- Which sport do you like and want to play?
- Which sport do you like to watch but don’t want to play?
- If you are a cartoon movie character, who would you choose to be?
- Given a chance to explore the world, which country or countries would you want to visit and why?
- If you are given a chance to change your name, which name would you like for yourself?
- Which historical figure intrigued you the most?
- Which political figure you think has done the best job and is worth emulating?
- Which movie always makes you laugh or cry?
- What will you do to make your friend feel special?
- What do you think you will do that will make your parents proud?
- Are you social? What are your favorite socialization activities?
- Which is your favorite pastime?
- Do you like indoor games or outdoor games?
- Which tourist destination have you visited last holidays? What was unique about it?
- Which type of destination appeal to you – hilly or beaches?
- Which weather do you call the perfect weather?
- When in Rome, do as the Romans do – What do you think about this line?
- What, according to you, are the characteristics of a good friend?
- Books are our best friends – Do you agree with this quote? Why?
Questions to ask at the start of the day
- What do you think is the perfect way to start the day?
- Who are the first three people you reach out to as soon as you start the day?
- What is the most productive hour of your day?
- What are your plans for this day?
- Are you an early riser? How has it helped you?
- What is more effective – planning for the whole week or taking one day at a time?
- Where do you love to spend your morning hours – in garden or in front of the TV?
- Are you a fitness freak? Which is your favorite workout?
- Going to gym or working outdoors – What is your preference and why?
- Messaging Good Morning Quotes to Whatsapp Groups or talking with family – What is your preference?
Questions to ask at the end of the day at school
If you are the class coordinator, you may take the help of these questions to wind up the day meaningfully and with a better perspective.
- What was the most interesting class of the day?
- When did you find yourself struggling during the day?
- Which activity was most boring? How could you have modified it?
- Do you think it was a fulfilling day? How will you rate it in terms of achievement?
- What was something different about this day?
- How do you plan to carry on with the unfinished tasks of the day?
- How will you apply today’s learnings in coming times?
- Which activity should be included in your daily routine?
- How will you rate your learning level in all classes?
- Were there any meltdown moments – how you deal with those?
Questions of the day that work as the best ice-breakers
- How are you today? Can you explain why?
- Where do you like to hang out and chill mostly?
- What do you like more – plays or movies?
- What kind of music do you like? Which is your favorite music artist?
- Do you know playing any musical instrument? What is interesting about that instrument?
- Would you like to party with friends or with family?
- What is the meaning of your name?
- Which are the words you use most often during a conversation?
- Who do you look up to in your family for advice?
- What is your idea of a perfect career?
Question of the day that helps understand a student’s aspirations
- What would you prefer to be – a homemaker or a business owner?
- Which career choice you would like to have – a banker or a painter?
- Where do you see yourself after completing high school?
- How much important is community service according to you?
- Where would you prefer to stay – a big house with a few people or a small house with lots of people?
- What would you prefer – sharing your privileges with others or encouraging others to work hard?
- What family size is ideal according to you – one where you have lots of siblings or none?
- If you were a writer, which niche will describe your work?
- If given a choice to be the president of the country for a day, what changes will you bring?
- Which life attracts you – one with lots of money but no friends, or the one where money is limited but friends in abundance?
- What would you prefer to live in – a world without computers or a world without books?
- What appeals to you – air travel or road trip?
- Would you rather make a new invention or improve an existing one, and why?
- Will you work only for money or for personal satisfaction too and why?
- Sharing is caring – what are your thoughts on this?
- A stitch in time saves nine – What are your thoughts on this?
- How will you prepare for a career which requires you to be bold and brave?
- Would you rather go globe-trotting or stay at one place for life?
- Multitasking is something everyone needs to know – What do you think?
- Leadership roles or happy being a follower – What will be your choice and why?
Some general conversation enablers
- Which was the weirdest person you met recently? Can you describe him or her?
- What thing will you always carry in your bag?
- When you want to sleep more – night or day?
- Which food you want to never end in your refrigerator?
- Which movie can you see on repeat and why?
- How do you intend to kill – by looks or by brains?
- What was the lamest excuse you made last time?
- When did you feel like closing the door of the lift on someone?
- Which ice-cream flavors remind you of these – peace, sport, luxury?
- Are you into branded clothes and shoes?
- Which is the dream you want to become a reality?
- How important for you is to attain perfection in anything you do?
- Which one is your favorite – backpacking or video games?
- How old is the oldest friend you have ever made?
- How young is the youngest friend you have ever made?
- Do you help parents at home – Why and How?
- If given a choice to change the house, what will be your preferred location – countryside or city and why?
- Which is your dream job?
- Which is the silliest and most expensive mistake you have ever made?
- Which is the funniest joke you know?
Question of the day to strike a debate in class of high school students
- Is Global Warming a made up thought or reality?
- Grades are important – Do you agree or not agree?
- Socialism or communalism – What is required in today’s world?
- Easy life or life with challenges – Do you think it is in our hands?
- Commercials should be banned – why or why not?
High school students are at the age when they are in the process of developing their value system. They can understand their personality traits, things that matter or not matter to them. Also, they are a bit clear on the path they want to tread on in their adult life. ‘Question of the day’ activity can help them understand themselves better. These also allow parents, teachers, guardians, or friends to break the ice and familiarize with the growing children’s aspirations and capabilities.
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