Primary source item record: https://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2004665381/
Primary sources are a natural choice for a QFocus. As artifacts plucked out of their original context, they are full of mystery and ripe for exploration. By the same token, they can be particularly information-dense and context-dependent: each detail becomes significant, a clue to understanding the circumstances in which they were created. So, what does work as a strong QFocus that will work well for your students and your objectives? Here are some basic guiding principles we’ve learned from teachers: An effective QFocus is:
- Directly tied to the main idea or teaching and learning objectives of the lesson
- Simple…but not too simple
- Interesting or provocative to the people in the room…but not heavy-handed or leading
- Open for many possible avenues of questioning
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