Questions ~ Brought to You by the Letter "E"

Introducing "E" a la Bernajean's Wiki

Make Just One Change: Teaching Students to Ask Their Own Questions

One small change can yield big results - book by DAN ROTHSTEIN and LUZ SANTANA

The Question Formulation Technique (QFT) a la Rothstein

Here is a step-by-step process developed by the Right Question Institute called the Question Formulation Technique (QFT). This technique helps students learn how to produce their own questions, improve them, and strategize how to use them?

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Four essential rules for producing your own questions:

• Ask as many questions as you can.

• Do not stop to discuss, judge, or answer the questions.

• Write down every question exactly as it is stated.

• Change any statement into a question.

Improving Questions

Categorize the questions as closed or open ~ Refine questions to MATTER:

Closed questions: They can be answered with yes or no with one word.

Open questions: They required an explanation and cannot be answered with yes or no with one word.

• Shaping for Driving Questions aka Compelling Questions.

Prioritize and Refining the Questions for MAX ROL (Return-On-Learning)

• Does it focus and prioritize what you want students to know or understand through their inquiry project?

• Does it capture and communicate the purpose of the learning project?

• Does it create interest and a challenge for students

• Is it worthy of time and resources (ROL)?

Next Steps

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What is the difference between essential questions (à la Wiggin's Understanding By Design) and driving questions?" Essential questions, when created to their utmost potential are driving questions. Driving questions are just essential questions that are high on caffeine. They demand authenticity and rigorous problem-solving, which essential questions can do, but don't always. In addition, essential questions are often created to be more like enduring understands or learning targets. Those are great, but shouldn't be confused with driving questions. Essential questions that sound like enduring understandings are not exciting and do not DRIVE the learning or interests for students.

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