Written by Shannon Horton and Sarah Zbornik
The method that Shannon uses is called the Question Formulation Technique through The Right Question Institute and the book Make Just One Change. (The book is on our professional library at DMS.)
The rules are fairly easy:
Even though this template is fairly straightforward, as I watched students go through the process, I was able to see how difficult it was, especially for me. Number two was especially difficult. Even an “Oh, yeah,” was placing a judgement on a question.
By encouraging questioning, adults are giving value to curiosity. In an article, How to Bring More “Beautiful Questions” Back to School, Katrina Schwartz explains that we are born with curiosity. However, somewhere along the way we lose this drive.
Shannon has just begun to learn about the QFT method, but so far it has proven excellent tool for focusing students on their research. For Fromm, experience has shown him that having student-generated questions increases the buy-in and motivation for finding relevant and valid information around a given topic.
Have you used a questioning technique in your classroom? Has it increased engagement or depth of learning?
Written by DMS Principal Leona Hoth
Visit Part 1 by clicking here.
I attended some great sessions at the conference. I’d like to share some of the information that was discussed.
Building for Middle Level Success: Advisory and Advocacy Programs
Engaging, Motivating, and Leading Young Adolescents!
Leading and Supporting the Mental Health and Wellness of Young Adolescents
Written by DMS Principal Leona Hoth
Energize Your Middle School Leadership—March 10th and 11th
(click here for conference information and handouts)
What a great conference! I attended sessions on data, advisory, transitions (4th to 5th grade), student engagement, and mental health (our anonymous safe school site was a hit with the entire session’s participants). I’m eager to share some tidbits from each session, but first I want to share some expressions and tips that were shared from the AMLE presenters…some are too fun!
Hope there’s something here that you can use in your classroom or discuss with your team. Holler if you’d like more info on any of the above…Stay tuned for more…Leona
Written by Shannon Horton, DCSD Media Specialist
Google is not a recommended search tool for those in grades 5 and 6 (and sometimes 7 and 8!), so here’s a quick overview of a few other options.
The first one to seven results will include web pages that are handpicked and checked by the editors of Kiddle for kid-friendly language and quality content. Results eight and onward include sites written for adults that are still filtered by Google safe search but are not checked for quality by the editors.
All of the websites included in this database are reviewed by the editors to be quality sites for students. However, problems with their database exist and that makes searching tricky sometimes. I’ve noticed that if I put in a single keyword I usually only get 7 results but if I add another keyword I get several pages of hits. It’s definitely worth a try, you just may have to be creative with search terms.
Kidrex is a safe search engine for students that is powered by Google, and in addition to typical filters applied to searches, the site maintains its own database of inappropriate websites and keywords.
Kidrex is ONLY about being “safe” and not about the quality or level of the websites it returns. Results are not much different than using Google.
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