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Questions ~ Brought to You by the Letter "E"
Introducing "E" a la
Make Just One Change: Teaching Students to Ask Their Own Questions
One small change can yield big results
- book by
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?
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
as it is stated.
• Change any statement into a question.
Categorize the questions as closed or open ~ Refine questions to MATTER:
: They can be answered with
with one word.
They required an explanation and cannot be answered with
with one word.
• Shaping for
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)?
What now . . .
Are You Wondering . . .
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
are not exciting and do not DRIVE the learning or interests for students.
Additional Resources, Tools and Links
A Questioning Toolkit
from Jamie McKenzie
Beyond Cut & Paste
: Engaging Students with Questions of Import a la Jamie McKenzie
from Jamie McKenzie's
Classroom Questioning Techniques
~ Lots of Classroom Strategies! Online links by Cybrarian Man.
- Lots of examples
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