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A student who hadn’t said a word all summer led his group in identifying open and closed questions.
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.’
Sometimes, I have a lot of questions, and this way I can express those without being judged… I get to learn a lot more.
I really enjoyed the QFT lesson. I felt empowered because I was the one coming up with the questions, not just the teacher. My favorite part of the lesson was the “no judgment zone.” It made me feel more relaxed and more open to ask and answer questions. In the future, I hope that we do more of these lessons.
Just when you think you know all you need to know, you ask another question and discover how much more there is to learn.
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