- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Harvard Education Press (September 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1612500994
- ISBN-13: 978-1612500997
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.5 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 71 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,782 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Make Just One Change: Teach Students to Ask Their Own Questions
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They also argue that it should be taught in the simplest way possible. Drawing on twenty years of experience, the authors present the Question Formulation Technique, a concise and powerful protocol that enables learners to produce their own questions, improve their questions, and strategize how to use them.
Make Just One Change features the voices and experiences of teachers in classrooms across the country to illustrate the use of the Question Formulation Technique across grade levels and subject areas and with different kinds of learners.
“As the title of this book indicates, Dan Rothstein and Luz Santana believe that education can be transformed if students, rather than teachers, assume responsibility for posing questions. This idea may sound simple, but it is both complex and radical: complex, in that formulating good, generative questions, and being prepared to work toward satisfactory answers, is hardly a simple undertaking; and radical, in the sense that an apparently easy move can bring about a Copernican revolution in the atmosphere of the classroom and the dynamics of learning. The authors modestly quote physicist Niels Bohr who once said, ‘An expert is someone who has made all possible mistakes in a field and there are no more to be made.’ In reading this powerful work, I was reminded of what Albert Einstein said, when he learned of Jean Piaget’s pioneering questioning of young children: ‘so simple only a genius could have thought of it.’” — Howard Gardner, The John H. and Elisabeth A. Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education
“[The authors] provide . . . an inspiring vision of education at its best and an extraordinarily clear, low-tech, practical intellectual tool for turning that vision into reality.” —from the foreword by Wendy D. Puriefoy, president, Public Education Network
“The protocols described in this book are easy to follow and adaptable to a variety of classrooms and subjects. These simple strategies can lead students to go into more depth in their learning and stretch the standard curriculum beyond the textbook. Students’ energy, motivation, and perseverance increase noticeably when they have more ownership of the topics they are studying.” — Hayley Dupuy, sixth-grade math and science teacher, J. L. Stanford Middle School, Palo Alto, California
“Just when you think you know all you need to know, you ask another question and discover how much more there is to learn.” — Sixth-grade student, J. L. Stanford Middle School, Palo Alto
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The Q-Focus technique is something my students use in every class, on every writing assignment, and can carry with them through college and career. I wish I had learned this in high school! As a doctoral candidate, I can see how research processes are mirrored in the Q-Focus, preparing students to be highly competitive in a changing global marketplace. I would recommend this book to EVERY teacher of EVERY subject.
Today, I ran just one time through the process. It was a massive success. Kids who had spent an entire year staring blankly at the wall were coming up with engaging, interesting, and challenging questions. I can't wait to follow up on some of the work they did.
I'm a relatively new teacher, but I can't stress enough how incredibly effective this process was in my class. Great book, great idea, and great results.