Sun Ezzell, a member of the DEST team and a facilitator of the Inspired Teaching Day
as well as the facilitator of the breakout session you are about to hear captured
on Inspired Teaching Day takes us through a Question Formulation Technique.
The Harvard Education publishing group.org says….
[The] Right Question Institute have developed [a technique] called the Question Formulation
Technique (QFT). This technique helps students learn how to produce their own questions,
improve them, and strategize on how to use them. In the classroom, teachers have seen
how the same process manages to develop students’ divergent (brainstorming), convergent
(categorizing and prioritizing), and metacognitive (reflective) thinking abilities
in a very short period of time.
Typically, questions are seen as the province of teachers, who spend years figuring
out how to craft questions and fine-tune them to stimulate students’ curiosity or
engage them more effectively. We have found that teaching students to ask their own
questions can accomplish these same goals while teaching a critical lifelong skill.
The Right Question Institute (RQI) [question.org] began its work with a dropout prevention program in Lawrence, Massachusetts, funded
by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, when parents told [them] they were not participating
in their children’s education because they “don’t even know what to ask.”…Parents
had identified an obstacle that prevents many people from learning, from thinking
for themselves, from doing their own problem solving, and from becoming more self-sufficient.
So here is a peak at what that technique looks like in action. Enjoy!