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Question Focus


The Question Focus (QF) is then presented.  This is not a question.  It is a word, a statement, some musical bars, a graph or a photo - something that will prompt questions on a topic that deserves the attention of the group and needs action.

The focus topics mentioned earlier could be an example.  List three big issues facing your Board.  How could they be presented as a Question Focus?  Why would you personally want to focus attention on them?

If you were facilitating an organised session then this decision would have been carried out before the meeting.  The book “Make Just One Change” (Rothstein and Santana, 2017) has a chapter dedicated to working out how to choose the Question Focus or you can download a copy from then Right Question Institute website.

The next activity will give you a Question Focus for you to respond to, right now.  

You will have three minutes to write down your responding questions. Double space the writing of your questions so that you will first write a “1.” then your first question on the first line.  For your second question you will leave a whole line empty and write “2.” on the third line with your question. Skip a line again and begin writing a question “3.” and so on.  Do so until the three minutes are completed.



Rothstein, D., & Santana, L. (2017). Make Just One Change—Teach students to ask their own questions. Harvard Education Press.

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