After we did our initial fieldwork on Flagstaff Mountain, we gathered as a whole class and began the task of generating questions about the project. I like to use what is known as the Question Formulation Technique (QFT) to have students learn about generating quality questions. I created a blank template, and below are to images after we did some work as a class. At first, I had students sit in pairs and generate as many questions as they could. They were not edit them, simply write down any question they had about the project. Then I gathered two pairs together (four students total) and had then share out and come up with a list of the four or five most important and relevant questions to the project. I did give them a guiding question of “What factors should go into determining a safe speed limit” and “What should that speed limit on your stretch of road be?” Then we did a whip-around and generated these:
This is a Google Document I created and I filled in the questions as the different groups of students shared out their prioritized questions.
This next slide shows some added information in the second column, in red. I added this for the students. I already have all those activities and resources available for them, and now they begin the process of determining what they want to learn next, and how it will fit in with the project.