QBQ: The Question Behind the Question



Reflections on QBQ


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People’s minds often fill with all kinds of ideas when asked about what they would change to improve things. But a list of what needs to improve is just that. Determining how to work to implement change and improvement and then doing it requires hard and focused work. When working to make changes, sometimes we reference ideas that have worked in the past, or an idea we heard from a respected source, or something we read about. In all cases, change requires rethinking and relearning and altering how we think and act.
The book QBQ, The Question Behind the Question by John G. Miller, states that “Learning is not attending, listening, or reading. Nor is it about translating knowing what to do into doing what we know. It is about changing. If we have not changed we have not learned.” In addition it proposes that leadership, more than anything else is about the way we think. It is about practicing personal accountability and choosing to make a positive contribution.
As we work and learn together to build our French Creek Professional Learning Community, reflection upon ways that each of us can contribute and also how we can elevate our level of collaboration and leadership is an essential component for our success.
In reflecting upon my reading, I wondered:
  • How can I best serve my students to they can succeed and be successful?”
  • “What can I do right now to make a difference?”
  • “What have you learned today?”
What are your thoughts?