Thursday 9/21/2017 – OPENING: 10 minutes

Let’s start off by reviewing the list of questions we came up with yesterday. It’s not everything, but it’s a sampling from most of your lists.

Review of the QFT:

There are 6 key components of the QFT process. We’ve already discussed the first 3, and today we’ll be digging into numbers 4 and 5. They include…

  1. Create a Question Focus
    • Ours = “Not standing out is the same thing as being invisible” (Seth Godin)
  2. Following 4 key rules
    • Ask/write down as many questions as you can
    • Don’t stop to judge, discuss or answer the questions
    • Write down every question as they are stated/thought of (don’t filter or re-word)
    • Change all statements into questions
  3. Produce the questions
    • Generally this involves a set amount of time and rapid-fire question development, with quantity as the goal.
  4. Categorize questions
    • Looking to see which are open-ended and which are closed-ended, and dividing them into groups
    • We also take time to practice re-wording questions of each type into the other, just to get practice with it.
    • The goal being to understand that there are different kinds of questions, and that different kinds of questions get you to different kinds of information. There’s value in both, and it’s useful to know how each might serve your needs.
  5. Prioritize questions
    • In this stage, we start to judge for ourselves which questions are most pressing.
    • Based on the QF, which of these questions do we really need to answer first?
    • These will create the foundation for…
  6. Next steps
    • We’ll get more into this down the road, but within the Challenge Based Learning framework, this would be what occupies the bulk of the Investigate phase.


LESSON – 45 minutes

As I mentioned above, we’ll be working through steps 4 and 5 of the QFT process. We’ll work together in class to dig deeply into how we properly categorize and prioritize our questions, and we’ll practice rewording questions to change the kinds of answers we’ll get.

“Not standing out is the same thing as being invisible.”

Seth Godin