“A beautiful question is an ambitious yet actionable question that can begin to shift the way we perceive or think about something — and that might serve as a catalyst to bring about change.”- Warren Berger

Asking questions seems too simple to be the solution for how we can ignite change in our world and overcome the many challenges we face.

 

But, yet, it makes so much sense—if indeed the questions are meaningful and important.

 

By asking beautiful questions, we allow ourselves the opportunity to identify challenges we may be facing. We also give ourselves permission to consider and embrace the possibilities if we are able to successfully answer the questions. I believe this is exactly the type of freedom and space innovators need to come up with game-changing ideas.

 

It seems fitting that two years ago, just as Ravenscroft was in the early stages of our Lead From Here movement that is focused on changing our world, we also redesigned our faculty growth and evaluation process. We decided to place asking questions at the heart of the process.

 

All faculty members are required to complete a Professional Growth Plan (PGP), which is a goal setting process that asks faculty to do the following:

 

  1. Ask a meaningful and important question.

  2. Consider how answering the question will impact student learning.

  3. Identify the steps required to answer the question (including tasks, timelines, and resources).

  4. Reflect on progress mid-year and determine next steps.

  5. Reflect on progress at the end of the year and determine next steps.

 

The Lower School faculty have asked some of these beautiful questions this year as part of the PGP process:

  • How can I maximize the learning of my academically advanced students and provide more opportunities for enrichment in my classroom?

  • How can I use what I am learning at the Lead from Here training sessions to create more opportunities in my classroom to extend our Citizen Leader Framework launch lessons?  How can I share what I am learning with my colleagues to help them grow along with me?

  • How will effectively leading my team in a Professional Learning Community impact student learning, differentiation, and collaboration with the grade level?

  • How can I strategically collect, record, and analyze math data to inform instructional decisions and differentiate instruction?

  • How will promoting the use of technology in the classroom benefit other teachers within our school community and beyond?

  • How can I use written reflections to help students consolidate their science learning?

  • How can I continue to incorporate Healthy Living concepts into the Lower School Physical Education curriculum, while also increasing parental awareness and involvement in this area?

  • How can I use data from pre-assessments and post-assessments to guide my instructional decision in math and better meet the diverse needs of my students?

  • How can I provide more inquiry-based and project-based learning experiences in social studies in order to stay aligned with the shifts occurring in Middle School?

 

Imagine the possibilities for our students when these questions are successfully answered!

I am so glad the students are watching…

Our teachers are truly modeling what it means to be life-long learners and citizen leaders!

This post was inspired by William Ferriter’s recent blog post titled Where Have All The Beautiful Questions Gone?

Question image is from: http://www.vizsec2011.org/2014/01/questions-you-should-ask-before-you-launch-your-startup/

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