While reviewing vocabulary for the week, I asked, “What might be your rationale for getting up in the morning?” Two or three hands reluctantly went up.
“Wait, that’s a not a good question. What might be your rationale for staying up until midnight?” Every student’s hand shot up.
My students all knew what rationale meant, but it would have been easy to assume otherwise based on the response to my first question. A good reminder that the question matters.