@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 the QFT: http://hhlocalholmessness.blogspot.com/2016/01/week-1-asking-questions.html?m=1


Riley questioned, “Where does matter come from?” This example, shared by kindergarten teacher Jamie Jackson-Lanham (@MrsJacksonSDGVA), shows how the QFT can be used with young students. Take a look at other students’ questions elicited from the Question Focus (QFocus), “Matter is all around us.”


David Theriault (@davidtedu) shares his discovery of the QFT and the value of asking questions in the classroom and his own life. To read more about his experiences with question-asking, read his blog post:



Elementary school teacher Krista Koke (@KrisKoke) used the QFocus, “Communities create systems to meet their needs,” to provoke student questioning. This QFocus led to questions about what constitutes a community and questioning who is in power within a community.


The power of the QFT is exemplified through these inquisitive students who produced over 100 questions from just one image! (via @inquirypartners)


Our digest will keep you up to speed on the Right Question Institute’s latest news. If you have written a blog about your experience using the Question Formulation Technique (QFT), have pictures of the QFT in action, or have other content that you think should be featured in an upcoming digest please share on Twitter @RightQuestion or by email (with the subject header RQI Digest) Interns@rightquestion.org

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