The Question Formulation Technique (QFT) in Social Studies

Steps of the Question Formulation Technique (QFT) & Video Guide After logging in or signing up for the Educator Network, click here to download detailed steps of the QFT and links to video footage for corresponding steps. Questions, Frameworks, and Classrooms By John Lee, Kathy Swan, SG Grant, Dan Rothstein, and Luz Santana The College, […]

Reflecting on Question Week 2017

My colleagues and I at The Right Question Institute are energized and inspired by the great work of educators who are using the Question Formulation Technique (QFT) all around the world to stimulate student curiosity, to promote deeper learning, and to help students build a democratic habit of mind by asking questions. Question Week, which began on Sunday, March […]

Free Library of Congress Webinar: Questions are the Engines of Intellect

  The Right Question Institute will be presenting a free webinar, “Questions are the Engines of Intellect”: How to Stimulate Student Curiosity and Questions, on October 26th for the Library of Congress’ Online Conference: Discover and Explore with Library of Congress Primary Sources. Sign up for free today to learn how to use students’ questions for teaching with primary sources, and read […]

Announcing The Million Classrooms Campaign

The Right Question Institute (RQI) is excited to launch our campaign to ensure that the Question Formulation Technique is used to develop students’ thinking abilities and curiosity in a million classrooms by the year 2020. Our “Million Classrooms Campaign” is part of a larger project made possible with the support of a generous grant from the […]

The Question Formulation Technique Mentioned in The Atlantic and the New York Times Learning Network

The Right Question Institute Mentioned in The Atlantic In, “Educating an Original Thinker,” The Atlantic’s education columnist Jessica Lahey interviews Wharton Professor Adam Grant about his new book, Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World. In the interview, Grant explores the role that educators and parents can have in nurturing original thinking in children. He argues that creative thinking skills […]

Announcing Question Week 2016, March 13th – 19th

  ***Check back throughout the week of March 13th as we update this page with new content!*** New Content on Video: The Question Formulation Technique in a High School Science Class Video: Using the Question Formulation Technique (QFT) for Formative Assessment How to Deepen Student Learning Using PBL & the QFT by Jim Bentley […]

@RightQuestion Digest: The Question Formulation Technique in Civics, Psychology, Social Studies, Pre-K, & More!

Educator Mary Ellen Daneels (@wego_civics) uses the Question Formulation Technique (QFT) with her high school civics students to delve deeper into contemporary political issues. The Question Focus: Funding for Planned Parenthood @CHSD94 civics loves @RightQuestion QFT to develop @C3Teachers supporting questions for inquiry! @NCSS_C3LC work — Mary Ellen Daneels (@wego_civics) February 6, 2016   […]

“What did people risk trying to get voting rights?”

Black history month is a great opportunity to celebrate the many accomplishments of Black Americans. It is also important to closely examine these accomplishments and their surrounding context. Black citizens’ voter registration rates were extremely low before the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Many southern states, including Mississippi, had procedures in place which institutionally oppressed Black […]

@RightQuestion Digest: Student’s Blog Reflects Upon the QFT, Kindergartners’ Questions About Matter, QFT on Communities and Systems, & More!

As a part of the Question Formulation Technique (QFT), Mark Schwarz (@MarkTSchwarz) asked students to reflect on the process. “Once we wrote down one question on a piece of paper, more seemed to form and tumble out [of] our heads than we could ever imagine.” To read more, check out this student’s excellent blog post about […]

@RightQuestion Digest: The QFT for Sustained Inquiry, for Students Learning English as an Additional Language, & More!

John Larmer (@johnlBIE), Editor in Chief at the Buck Institute for Education, mentions the Question Formulation Technique (QFT) in his blog, “Gold Standard PBL: Sustained Inquiry.” This blog eloquently describes sustained inquiry through providing classroom examples from different grade levels. Read the blog here. New! Sustained Inquiry in Project Based Learning – via @johnlBIE #EdChat […]