Ask a Teacher podcast: What do you do when a kid’s question stumps you?

What Teachers Tell Their Students When They’re Stumped by a Question

What Teachers Tell Their Students When They’re Stumped by a Question

With Columbia Journalism School’s Teacher Project.
May 20 2015 11:27 AM

Ask a Teacher: What Do You Do When a Student’s Question Stumps You?

Welcome to the latest installment of Ask a Teacher, Slate’s education podcast with the Teacher Project at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. In this episode, host Matt Collette asks three working teachers to answer questions submitted by listeners, including “How do teachers respond when they don’t know the answer to a student’s question?”


This episode’s panelists:

  • Valerie Lake, an eighth-grade English teacher and literacy coach at Lower Manhattan Community Middle School in New York.
  • Matt Dicks, a fifth-grade teacher at Wolcott School in West Hartford, Connecticut. He’s also an author, storyteller, and a 17-time Moth StorySLAM champion and two-time GrandSLAM champion. You can read his blog at
  • Erin Huber is a third-grade teacher at Harriet Bishop Elementary School in Savage, Minnesota, a Twin Cities suburb.

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