Teachers can start by asking their students about the things that interest them, things that make them curious. However, that is probably not going to be the right answer simply because the students are probably unaware of whether they know this or not.
This means that the crucial part of talking and communicating to children of any age is to make sure that you are doing it in the term as well as the form of communication.
The terms here refer to the reason for your communication, as well as who is the participant in your communicating with, and more importantly, the form of communication you are using.
As far as the form is concerned, it refers to the aesthetics of the communication like the language through which you are communicating, the scheme, and the tone used in the process.
Schema refers to the background knowledge, it means all those symbols that host knowledge for the students in one way. Not many teachers know but the schema, as well as the syntax of any language, happens to be a very important part for the students, just as much as the conversation Itself. Shifting gears and starting to exchange ideas instead of just simple words is a huge step in the right direction, and it does not just take place because there is a conversation going on between the student and the teacher.
There has to be a trust element in the entire process.
Telling your students that you trust them when it comes to listening and understanding you, and telling them that trusting each other with ideas and symbols is the right way to go about it.
What Should Be Done?
The answer is simple, it can be done through terms and form.
Sure, asking the students about what they are interested in may seem like the adult question but it breaks the barriers. This applies to the same questions that are more centered towards the adults.
Questions like “What are you interested in creating?”, “Do you find anything curious?”, and “Do you have an inspiration?”, “What work would you like to do in the future?” These are some of the basic questions that you can always ask. Additionally, if you are finding yourself at a loss of question or if the student is not giving you the type of response that you are looking for, you can simply take the most traditional route and ask, “What do you wish to become when you grow up?”
We can only have a solution if we decided to move the terms and forms of communication. Ask the question in such a way that it does not make us look like adults, and certainly provides the students to have a much better understanding that even if they do not have the appropriate answers to these seemingly adult questions, it is completely fine and without any issues. They will not be held accountable for simply not knowing at this age.