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?
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