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 […]

“How does the sun’s power get into you?” Using the QFT to Explore Energy with First Graders

By Jodie Botzang, First Grade Teacher, Summers’ Corners Public School, Aylmer, Ontario, Canada What I like about the Question Formulation Technique (QFT) process is that it provides an opportunity for my first graders to ask their questions without feeling insecure or judged on their prior knowledge. The idea that you ask every question that comes […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Video: Using the Question Formulation Technique (QFT) for Formative Assessment

This video shows how the Question Formulation Technique (QFT) may be used to formatively assess students’ understanding of a concept or their knowledge of a topic. Educators can use the QFT to formatively assess their students at the beginning of a unit (as seen in this video), in the middle of the unit, and towards […]

@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 pic.twitter.com/obc8xRkrCF — Mary Ellen Daneels (@wego_civics) February 6, 2016   […]

@RightQuestion Digest: The Question Formulation Technique (QFT) in Early Childhood Education & Elementary School

The Question Formulation Technique (QFT) in Early Childhood Education Teachers at Franklin Early Childhood Center, Melrose, MA (@MelroseCurricul) used a playground as their Question Focus (QFocus)! Franklin teachers used new playground as focus of inquiry to engage in questioning last week @RightQuestion pic.twitter.com/LWZwdmVM6L — MAdams (@MelroseCurricul) October 13, 2015   The QFT in Elementary School […]

What are you wondering when you hear…?: Student Engagement in a Project-Based Learning Primary Classroom

Inquiry-based learning has been getting a lot of attention lately for student engagement and developing 21st Century skills.  Rather than being filled with teacher lectures, students are doing the research and driving the instruction.  A lot of schools are adopting PBL to embrace this type of learning in the classroom. This acronym can mean Project-Based […]

Out of the Dust: A Teacher’s Reflections on Getting Students to Ask Questions in Literacy

This post is the last in a series of guest blogs by Robert Welch on how he utilizes the Question Formulation Technique (QFT) in his curriculum around the novel Out of the Dust. To see his previous blogs click here.  Ultimately , students left their experiences reading and discussing Out of the Dust with a good of […]