The skill of question asking is far too rarely deliberately taught in school. We have worked with and learned from educators to develop a teaching strategy, the Question Formulation Technique (QFT), which provides a simple yet powerful way to teach students how to formulate, work with, and use their own questions.
Yesterday, a student who hadn’t said a word all summer led his group in identifying open and closed questions during the QFT.
Why do you think we ask questions? So we can be curious about what we are learning and want to know more.
A principal point of big questions is to inspire learners to ask them as well as pursue them. Make Just One Change by Dan Rothstein and Luz Santana puts this agenda front and center. Their subtitle telegraphs the ‘one change’: Teach Students to Ask Their Own Questions.
I plan to use the QFT to generate curiosity at the beginning of semester and to let students generate research paper ideas at semester end.
I do think that the QFT process did open up students to be inquisitive, reflective thinkers, and these characteristics permeated into how students approached learning in any content area or aspect of school.
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