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.
A student who hadn’t said a word all summer led his group in identifying open and closed questions.
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.
…it wouldn’t be hard to supercharge the Question Formulation Technique with big questions. Teachers could choose Question Foci with big understandings in mind. Learners could include criteria related to insight, action, ethics, and opportunity as they sort their questions for importance. The main point is this: putting learners in charge of questions.
I’d also enjoy seeing more teachers take a page out of the Right Question Institute and help students learn to formulate great 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.
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