Teachers enrolled in this course will...


  • the steps of the Question Formulation Technique (QFT).
  • what student and teacher will do in each step of the QFT.
  • the three thinking abilities (divergent thinking, convergent thinking, metacognition).
  • the similarities and differences between a traditional prompt and a Question Focus (Qfocus).
  • the four rules for producing questions.


  • how to help students refine, prioritize, and reflect on their questions.
  • how the three thinking abilities are brought together in the QFT.
  • the importance of closed- and open-ended questions and how students learn to change their questions fromone category to the other as needed.
  • how the ability to ask questions leads to new ideas, new inventions, better solutions, and a more fulfillinglearning environment for students and teacher.
  • that promoting questioning can be a building block for creating productive relationships that benefit ourentire society and our democracy.

and Be Able To

  • Improve student learning, including those who already excel at answering questions, by designing lessons that:
  • help students learn how to generate their own questions that guide their own learning.
  • promote greater student engagement.
  • give students more ownership of the learning process.
  • increase student achievement, build new relationships between learner and teacher, and open avenues fordialogue and inquiry.

and much, much more!

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