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 […]

Elevating Socratic Seminar by Having Students Ask The Questions

“…this was clear evidence that the QFT was a process that students viewed as an authentic and effective tool for their learning, not just something that their teacher was making them do.” In our last weekly post from the field, educator Robert Welch describes how his students embrace the Question Formulation Technique and use it […]

Integrating the QFT and Bloom’s Taxonomy to Increase Reading Comprehension With My Fourth Grade Male Readers

Two years ago I was focusing on boosting reading engagement among my struggling fourth grade male readers.  As part of my interventions, I encouraged my students to read graphic novels, partner read, and write about their reading.  After a few months of experimenting with these interventions and collecting data, I noticed great increases in reading […]