I love these ideas, Barbara. It certainly is down to practice I feel. What a nice idea to give students time to ‘pursue answers to their questions’. Many students really don’t have the skills to ask ‘good’ questions by the time they get to secondary school. To be able to practice these skills is essential and giving them a specific opportunity to do this is a great way to do this.
I think it might be something that teachers need to practice too 😊.