If THINKING IS A SKILL then the DFQs are the drill.

For you to be reading this page you must already be a TISOT and you will be quite familiar with SOTs Daily Feedback Questions (DFQs) where members are invited to post their comment at the end of each lesson. You will have posted many of your own comments and you will have read many of the comments posted by other SOT members. This is one of the techniques that makes SOT training so effective. DFQs enable the member to do practise and repetition over time. This DFQ method is unique to SOT.

Compare that with the traditional European approach to education which has been that thinking has to do with intelligence and that intelligence is a gift; you either have it or you don’t.

“If you have intelligence then we don’t have to worry about you and if you don’t have intelligence then there’s nothing we can do about you”.

So for 500 years nothing much was done about it.

SOT has a different approach. We view thinking and intelligence as separate issues. We view intelligence as potential that can be realised by THINKING AS A SKILL. Like all skills THINKING can be learned and developed through practise, repetition and rehearsal (PRR). If THINKING IS A SKILL then the DFQs are the drill.

An SOT member will need to do 100 DFQs a year to qualify for SISOT membership.


Why do you think a SISOT will need to do 100 DFQs a year?

Have a think and then post your comments below …

29 thoughts on “IDEA #1 – DFQS ARE THE DRILL – SOT Pedagogy

  1. The regular drill is the key for any proficiency. In this case it is two fold:

    The TISOT must continue their own learning and development through what is known as ‘learning by teaching’


    The TISOT must regularly and methodically transfer their newly acquired knowledge into habitual action.

    Both are achieved through daily (or almost daily) practice.

  2. Why do you think a SISOT will need to do 100 DFQs a year?

    Because that is a lot of practice, repetition and rehearsals and will bring out your potential to be a BETTER and skilful THINKER.

  3. Daily Feedback Questions are the drill …. means they are the ‘vehicle’ by which we travel in our thinking practice, repetition and rehearsal in the SOT.
    It seems to me that WRITING a RESPONSE shows clearly the PERFORMANCE of the skills …it is an an act of PRODUCTION of clarity and precision in thinking .
    SPEAKING out loud your own private response …is also an act of PRODUCTION …before it is crystallised and formed as ‘the written word’.
    This is a vital skill to develop , as a communicator.
    Writing the responses means the THINKING can be shared ,so doing 100 DFQs per year produces 100 oportunities for someone else to share your carefully constructed focussed thoughts.
    Very beneficial.

  4. Thinking as a skill requires PRR. Like any muscle that will atrophy if not used, so too the perceptual muscle needs to be exercised.

    SISOT need to lead by example so having a minimum requirement of 100 DFQ per year is reasonable.

  5. TThe SISOT will need to do 100 DFQs because:-
    1. The SISOT level is very advance one. The person qualifying for this, should have every aspect of knowledge and skill to enable one to lead and respond to any queries, doubts etc. the new trainees may have. Again while representing as a SOT trainer or practitioner in any occassion or capacitys/he shall be aware of all possible ideas, anecdotes, stories, exercises etc available on this subject.
    2. 100 drills will expose one not only to a host of ideas, exercises etc concerning the skill, s/he may also get to know the barriers to free and indendent thinking and time-tested drills to find solutions. S/he would be equipped to handle all of these, and such large oprientation would also enable one to create one’s own ideas, stories or strategies while crafting new training courses effectively.
    3. As a consummate thinker oneself, the entire exercise would help one to practice, repeat, revise, rehearse, rethink about the brilliant modules (both old and new) that are presented in logical sequence (I tend to believe) to further hone one’s thinking skills – as there is never an end to improve such skills (even the doyen Michael admittedly learns from each of our individual postings).

  6. We need to get into the habit of thinking, and we need to maintain the practice of thinking. We also need to stay at the pointy end of thinking, so that as things change and improve we are right there using the changes and improving our skills.

  7. The more DRILL ,the more refined the SKILL …so it becomes very essential that Instructors are consummate THINKERS ……skilled to the point of being automatically responsive when questions are posed by the less experienced …….the new people learning SOT ways.

    The mention of DRILL automatically brings to mind the Army drill Sergeant who trained the platoon of University grad soldiers to which I belonged.
    We all thought divergently and naturally moved individually at first.
    After six weeks of days filled with drill….repeated practice ,repetition and rehearsal for a MAJOR parade ,we were a model of a well-co-ordinated body of men proud to move on command as if thirty of us were one man.
    The only way this could be achieved was the direction of our collective attention to one focus…becoming EXCELLENT… front of the Governor General… other outcome was considered possible .
    A SISOT needs to be like our (revered) drill instructor ,whose personal standards of excellence in soldierly conduct never wavered for a second ,and whose modelling of excellence I remember today as the finest I have ever seen in another man.
    So…100 DFQs would perhaps be a minimum , for a SISOT to become excellent ……and personal self-discipline would probably demand he/she do more than that, if OUTSTANDING EXCELLENCE was the goal.

  8. intelligence is Potential and thinking is a skill
    therefore to develope that skill need practise and repeitition
    so that you develope the skill to think more effectively
    This has to be done regularly over time to become more effective
    so it beomes part of the default way you decide how to deal with the world
    how to deal with new situations where there is no clear cut way to deal with the problems you encounter
    100 per yr av 2 per week eables you to keep focused on the goal f dev your thinking to be more effective

  9. assume the brain is an organ like the heart. Everybody thinks it is important to exercise to strengthen the heart, even though it is in constant use. This is similar to the Brain, it is in constant use, but it as well would benefit from training. How do we train the Brain? With DFQ’s and taking on challenges….

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