Quality Questions for Better Learning Outcomes



July 26, 2018

The simple act of asking a question is one of the most important skills a student can learn. So says Gregory Brown, Ed.D., Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES’ regional coordinator of social studies and blended learning. Brown recently brought his unique expertise regarding Question Formulation Technique to Leadership Week, an annual summer conference held in the Hendrick Hudson School District.
 
“Leadership Week provides our administrators and teacher leaders with a unique opportunity to reflect on our successes, identify priorities for the coming year and work collaboratively on implementing best practices,” said Superintendent Joseph Hochreiter. “Dr. Brown’s presentation on QFT was a valuable addition to our program.”
 
Brown demonstrated how the ability to produce, improve and prioritize questions is a critical skill for students. By deliberately teaching questioning skills, he explained, teachers can help students develop the mental muscle necessary for deeper learning, creativity, innovation, analysis and problem solving. 
 
“The power of student-driven questions is something you can bring into your classrooms come September,” Brown told attendees.  For part of his presentation, he led teachers through small group exercises in which they role played and developed a ‘question focus.’
 
“QFT is an ideal way to build students' capacities to question the world around them, find answers to questions that matter, and become more accountable for their learning,” said Brown.