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, […]

The Question Formulation Technique for Deepening Thought

by Melanie Meehan Throughout the year, our district provides ongoing professional development from the Reading and Writing Project at Teachers College of Columbia University (TCRWP). Staff developers visit our district and do demonstration lessons, provide coaching, and lead study groups around reading and writing workshops and content area literacy instruction. They always share innovative tools […]

Seminar on Best Practices in the QFT in partnership with Teaching Residents at Teachers College, Columbia University

A fast-evolving economy and turbulent civic environment mean it’s not enough for students to learn. They must be taught how to learn – how to adapt to new situations by asking questions, seeking answers, and maintaining nimble minds. The Right Question Institute (RQI), in partnership with Teaching Residents at Teachers College, Columbia University, invite you to […]

A Pen-and-Paper Technique for the EdTech Enthusiast

By Jay Sorensen So, the Question Formulation Technique (QFT) isn’t necessarily a technology-related tool. It can be done with no more than pencil and paper. Of course, you can enhance it by bringing in videos, or using VR for your Q-focus, or holding an online discussion of questions. But I think of the QFT as tech-related in […]

Biography and Bioethics: 9th Graders Ask Questions about the Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

It all began with a question. For writer and journalist Rebecca Skloot, it was a question she asked as a high school student in a college biology lecture that launched her into a decades long research and writing process that eventually became the New York Times Bestseller, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. After a […]

Stories from the Field: Dinosaur-Killing Aliens, Camshafts, and Kentucky State Legislators

How educators are using and sharing the Question Formulation Technique around the country by Chris Orchard For most of us, a broken camshaft might lead to some salty language. It means an expensive repair bill and a headache commute while our car is at the mechanic’s. For Alabama’s Jeremy King, a broken camshaft is a […]

Create a Question Formulation Technique Lesson Plan With This Online Tool

Use this free planning resource to get started right away or improve a lesson plan you already have by Chris Orchard Educators who are thinking about using the Question Formulation Technique, known as the QFT, often have two competing thoughts. (If you’re not familiar with the QFT, check out this brief description in ASCD’s Educational […]

Build Media Literacy Skills with the Question Formulation Technique

In an era of fake news, “fish gape,” Instagram selfies, and political Tweets, students need tools to navigate and analyze our media landscape. By learning to ask their own questions about media, and by using questions to engage in rigorous analysis, students can strengthen their ability to think critically about the media-saturated world around them. […]

“What would change in our community if no one judged?” 7th Graders Question Social Dynamics in Literature, and in Their Own Lives

How can teachers foster social awareness and empathy through student-generated questions? Teachers are often looking for new ways to build connections between course content and their students’ lives. In this classroom example, Erin Wynn, a 7th grade English Language Arts (ELA) teacher, used the Question Formulation Technique (QFT) to engage students at the start of […]

Inquiring Minds: Interview on Right Question Institute’s Conferences

“We learn just as much from educators who have used this strategy as they do from us.” Right Question Institute Education Project and Research Coordinator, Andrew Minigan, discusses the active, collaborative learning that educators experience in every Question Formulation Technique Professional Development session. Read Andrew’s full interview with Convene Editor in Chief Michelle Russell.