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.
“SO simple yet SO engaging! LOVED your way to present this to teachers- some of the toughest audience. You kept me engaged 100% of the time.”
There is more than one way to ask a question and revising questions can be a very productive, and effective, strategy to innovate…the QFT helped me take time to really think through what it is I want to do with my projects, as well as consider potential, new directions.
As the title of this book indicates, Dan Rothstein and Luz Santana believe that education can be transformed if students, rather than teachers, assume responsibility for posing questions. This idea may sound simple, but it is both complex and radical: complex, in that formulating good, generative questions, and being prepared to work toward satisfactory answers, is hardly a simple undertaking; and radical, in the sense that an apparently easy move can bring about a Copernican revolution in the atmosphere of the classroom and the dynamics of learning. The authors modestly quote physicist Niels Bohr who once said, ‘An expert is someone who has made all possible mistakes in a field and there are no more to be made.’ In reading this powerful work, I was reminded of what Albert Einstein said, when he learned of Jean Piaget’s pioneering questioning of young children: ‘so simple only a genius could have thought of it.’
Their level of engagement in the activity and each other’s ideas was not only exhilarating, but literally heart-warming.
It helps me by getting me to think about questions on my own. Also, it gets my mind in motion to think about the questions other people make.
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