QFT Lesson – Effort

Qft Lesson - Effort

Effort - Doing one's best in an endeavor.

#1) Life Principle

Life Principle:

Effort_definition_poster.pdf -Having or showing behavior that is respectful and considerate of other people

Quote: “If better is possible, then good is not enough.  Well done is better than well said.” 
 - Benjamin Franklin 

Spanish: el esfuerzo  

#2) Key Ideas

  1. We all have the ability to exhibit effort.
  2. We choose how much effort we expend in every endeavor. (Choice Materials)
  3. We build self-confidence and success by showing effort in all we do.
  4. We become known for how much positive effort we expend on a task.

#3) Lexicon

Lexicon: EFFORT
 Elementary    MS/HS 


Oxford Spanish Dictionary 

  • Break the word into pieces 
  • Sound out the word
  • Find the root word 
  • Select synonyms that support

Move both hands in a palm-out ‘E’ position down and forward in a slight arc.

#4) Describing the Process

  • What would effort look like, sound like, feel like?
  • Use web-graphic to describe “effort”, and using complete sentences add supporting details. 

#5) Introduce the Question Focus

State topic for questions. QFT – Question Formulation Technique

“Our Question Focus for this lesson is about Effort.

#6) Produce the Questions

Materials needed: white paper and markers
Allow about 10 minutes

  1. Ask as many questions as you can.
  2. Change any statements into questions.
  3. Write down every question as it is stated.
  4. Do not stop to discuss, judge, or answer the questions.

#7) Improve Questions

  1. Identify open and closed ended questions 
  2. Change questions: select one question to change from open to closed-ended and one closed questions to open-ended.

Allow 4-8 minutes.

#8) Prioritize Questions

State lesson plan criteria/guidelines and ask learners to identify 2-3 questions they think are most important.
Allow 10-20 minutes

Group Share Out: Have each group share their rationale for choosing priority questions.
Allow about 10 minutes.

#9) Discuss Next Steps

“What are we going to do with these questions?”
 (Whole Group Discussion – outcome to align with lesson objectives.) 

Sample: What behaviors support effort? 

#10) Reflect

Individual and Group Reflection: Ask a topic related question for learners to reflect upon briefly in writing about what they have learned.

Discuss and report in small or whole group.
Sample: “What does effort look like for us?”