The Question Formulation Technique
Introduce the Question Focus (Q Focus):
Questions that should be asked about _________________________________________.
Review Rules of creating Questions:
- Review the rules for producing questions
- Ask as many questions as you can
- Change any statements into questions
- Write down every question exactly as it is stated
- Do not stop to discuss, judge or answer the questions
- Identify open and closed-ended questions
- Change questions: select one question to change from open to closed-ended and one closed question to open-ended
Example: Closed to Open
Closed: Is vanilla your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Open: What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Stating lesson plan criteria or guidelines, ask students to identify 2-3 questions they think are most important.
Group Share out: Have each group share their rationale for choosing priority questions
Discuss next steps – “What are we going to do with these questions?”
Reflect: Individual and Group Reflection:
Ask a topic related question for students to reflect upon briefly in writing about what they have learned. Next, discuss and report as a group.
Video of Class QFT Demonstration 9:45 min.
Make Just One Change - Rothstein, Dan; Santana, Luz, Harvard Education Press, 2011