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Make Just One Change @RothsteinDan @LuzSantana20 @rightquestion

December 21, 2016 Leave a comment Go to comments

I had been introduced to the Question Formulation Technique (QFT) once before but the second time I hear about it many educators suggested that I get this book.   I am so glad that I did.  How QFT works is the teacher only comes up with a Question Focus.  This is not a question and it is not a statement with any judging in it.  It could be as simple as “immigrant rights”.  The students then take five minutes to right down questions about the Question Focus.  The rules for producing questions are:

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

During the question producing time, do not give hints on what questions might be good.  Students can be reminded of the question starters “Why, what, how” which lead to open-ended questions and “when, where, who, is, can, do” which are closed-ended.

To improve the questions, students look at the questions to categorize them into closed- or open-ended questions.  A close-ended question can be answered with yes or no or with one word.  An open-ended question requires an explanation and cannot be answered with yes or no or with one word.  Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of asking open- and closed-ended questions. The students then can change questions from one type to another.

Prioritize the questions. Choose the three most important questions.  Students should be able to say why those are the three most important.  Then discuss what the students will do with the questions.


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