Teachers should listen to children more. When children ask questions, they are seeking understanding, but sometimes the teacher can be too busy to listen to the meaning behind the question. They fail to 'read between the lines'. I have several horror stories I could tell about how asking questions in class ended up in ridicule for the child and a subsequent 'switching off' from learning - but I won't go down that road today. Read my blog post 'Pay attention at the front!' and you'll get the general idea. Instead, let me say that the 'listening but not hearing' problem is just one of the 'gaps' teachers and students experience just about every day in education - chasms and transactional distances that can open up between intentions of one person and misrepresentations of another.