Exploring Four Words for “Question” in Japanese

I’ve been pondering the word “question” for the last couple months. How do you translate “Question Formulation Technique” into Japanese – a language with four words for “question?” by Tomoko Ouchi Not all questions are the same I was born, raised and educated in Japan, and as The Right Question Institute’s international program specialist, I […]

“Is the grading process needed?” Community College Students Question the Role of Grades

About 25 miles east of Los Angeles is Mt. San Antonio College, one of the largest community colleges in the state of California. Mt. SAC, as it is affectionately known as, has a diverse student population (~55% Latino, ~19% Asian, & ~11% White/ Non-Hispanic). The majority of students receive some financial aid (~75%) and most […]

Announcing Question Week 2018

To honor the commitment and the work of educators who facilitate student curiosity, we are excited to announce the fifth annual Question Week, in partnership with Warren Berger (author of A More Beautiful Question) and a number of other leading organizations focused on questioning. The online event will run from March 11 – March 17, […]

Education Program Summer Fellowship Opportunity at the Right Question Institute

Position Type: Education Program Summer Fellow – The Right Question Institute Would you like the opportunity to contribute meaningfully to a successful nonprofit working on innovative strategies in the field of education? If so, the Right Question Institute (RQI), an education nonprofit in Cambridge, MA, is offering a limited number of fellowship positions for summer […]

Summer Fellowship Opportunity at the Right Question Institute

Position Type: Summer Fellow – The Right Question Institute The Right Question Institute (RQI), a nonprofit organization in Cambridge, MA, is inviting you to apply to be a Summer Fellow. It is a great opportunity for students eager to review research from the field, conduct literature reviews, and provide support for programmatic efforts to teach […]

It’s All About the Question

By Ellen Gammel The Fitchburg High School state report came back… Level 3… again. For schools in Massachusetts, this Department of Education label informs us we are in the bottom 20% of schools – definitely a label no school wants. The discouragement and frustration came to the forefront, and then the big question: Why? Why […]

Seminar on Best Practices in the Question Formulation Technique in Collaboration with Cuyahoga County ESC, Ohio

A good question can spark curiosity and fuel creativity, understanding, and innovation. Question formulation is an increasingly vital skill for critical thinking, literacy, inquiry, and civic engagement in the 21st century, as reflected in many new state and national standards. Yet, it is rare that the skill of question formulation is deliberately taught to students. […]

Right Question Stories from the Field: Farming on Volcanoes, Flint’s Water Crisis, and Excreting Isopods

How educators are using the Question Formulation Technique in STEM lessons around the country and world. By Chris Orchard Students in Alyssa Park’s fourth-grade class had a pressing question about isopods. Specifically, “Do they poop?” To refresh your memory, isopods are “small sessile-eyed aquatic or terrestrial crustaceans with the body composed of seven free thoracic […]

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 […]