In a recent guest post, HS Science teacher Carl Sommerfeld shared how he used the Question Formulation Technique (aka QFT) to provide structure for students to ask questions that would guide a unit of study.
One of the key facets of the QFT is that the teacher starts the process with a Question Focus. This is a teacher prompt that provides a focus for questions students will create. Here are examples of how Darren Elves’ does this in his primary classroom: example 1, example 2, example 3. Darren has a great post on how he uses the QFT with primary students.
Looking at the proposed design for the “new” BC curriculum I can see how I would use the QFT to start each unit.
Above is a draft copy of the Science 7 curriculum. I think each Enduring Understanding would make a great Question Focus. The Content that students are expected to know and understand are helpful when Prioritizing Questions (part of the QFT). As students pursue answers to their questions (via various means) I would emphasis the process in order to develop students’ ability to Inquire, Reason, and Apply (the Curricular Competencies).
Blending into the unit would be the Cross Curricular Competencies. I see a significant Language Arts (Written & Oral language) learning and application within the study of Science questions and the ecosystem understandings connect to some of the civilization understandings in the current SS7 PLO. There is so much opportunity for creative and engaging teaching — would definitely want at least 1 or 2 colleagues to collaborate with on the work:)