February 2016 Resources in the Spotlight
Make Just One Change: Teach Students to Ask Their Own Questions
by Dan Rothstein and Luz Santana
“an inspiring vision of education at its best and an extraordinarily clear, low-tech, practical intellectual tool for turning that vision into reality.” According to the authors, formulating your own questions is the single most essential skill for learning and one that should be taught to all students 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. The Question Formulation Technique can be used across grade levels and subject areas and with different kinds of learners.
A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas
by Warren Berger
In this ground-breaking book, journalist and innovation expert Warren Berger shows that one of the most powerful forces for igniting change in business and in our daily lives is a simple, under-appreciated tool, one that has been available to us since childhood. Questioning deeply, imaginatively, beautifully can help us identify and solve problems, come up with game-changing ideas, and pursue fresh opportunities. So why are we often reluctant to ask “Why?” Berger’s surprising findings reveal that even though children start out asking hundreds of questions a day, questioning “falls off a cliff” as kids enter school. In an education and business culture devised to reward rote answers over challenging inquiry, questioning isn’t encouraged. And yet, as Berger shows, the most creative, successful people tend to be expert questioners.
The Wisdom of Crowds
by James Surowiecki
In this fascinating book, New Yorker business columnist James Surowiecki explores a deceptively simple idea: large groups of people are smarter than an elite few, no matter how brilliant – better at solving problems, fostering innovation, coming to wise decisions, and even predicting the future. Surowiecki ranges across fields as diverse as popular culture, psychology, behavioral economics, artificial intelligence, military history, and politics to show how this simple idea offers important lessons for how we live our lives, select our leaders, run our companies, and think about our world.
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