Education Talk Radio Interview with Luz Santana and Dan Rothstein

“We learned that the need was not to give them the questions but to develop the skills so that they could ask questions in all settings and situations.” Luz Santana and Dan Rothstein describe how lessons learned while working with low-income parents in Lawrence, MA led to the foundation of the Question Formulation Technique and ultimately […]

English Students Use the QFT to Drive AP-ready, SAT-ready, EPT-ready Learning

by Andrea Giordano-Rink In my 24 years of teaching high school English in the Sweetwater District in Southern California I have never used a strategy as powerful as the Question Formulation Technique (QFT). I am teaching Honors English 11 this year with a very unique set of students. These are the students, primarily, who have […]

My QFT Journey: Putting Students’ Minds into Motion with their Questions

by James Brewster I’m proud to serve as the U.S. History teacher at the Gus Garcia Young Men’s Leadership Academy in Austin, Texas, a 6th-8th grade, Title I campus. My students don’t always see themselves reflected in the subject I teach and don’t always feel like they have agency in their learning. With that in […]

Cultivating Curiosity by Deliberately Teaching Students How to Ask Questions by Andrew Minigan

In his piece for Education Week, Andrew Minigan, RQI Education Project and Research Coordinator, writes, “Question formulation is fundamental to cognitive development and how we learn from others, and yet it is a skill that is rarely developed in classrooms.” Read his post on the importance of deliberately teaching students how to ask questions.   […]

Elementary Students Driving their Learning by Asking Questions: An Interview with Deirdre Brotherson

an interview with Deirdre Brotherson by Mikah Farbo Earlier this month Deirdre Brotherson, a 5th grade teacher at Hooksett Memorial School in New Hampshire, took time out of her busy day to speak with me and share her experience with the Question Formulation Technique (QFT). Through our conversation, I learned how Brotherson’s use of the […]

Three and Four Year Old Students Learning to Ask Their Own Questions

By: Lisa Bernadino, Kristen Harvey, Andrea Serino, Kristen Sasso, Donna Rosso, & Margaret Adams “In early childhood classrooms, science based lessons are something that are often done, but not as often explored by students,” shares Kristen Harvey, Pre-Kindergarten teacher at the Franklin. The Franklin Early Childhood Center, part of the Melrose Public Schools in Massachusetts, serves approximately 300 three […]

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 […]

How to Deepen Student Learning Using PBL & the QFT

By Jim Bentley When I started teaching, my primary concerns were fairly straightforward: engage students personally, plan clear instruction, and manage behavior effectively. I was the leader of instruction, and I perceived my job to be one of shepherding my students and helping them whenever they struggled. Looking back now, I can see it was […]

Lincoln, Power, and the Question Formulation Technique (QFT)

By Daniel Fouts Where was the Question Formulation Technique (QFT) 23 years ago? When I began teaching social studies in 1993, I relied on teacher-generated questions to frame my government curriculum. After first reading about the QFT in the September/ October 2011 edition of the Harvard Education Letter, I changed the way I teach. I […]