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 […]

To Adapt, or Not to Adapt?: How Fidelity-Of-Implementation of the QFT Can Impact Student Outcomes

by Shelby Clark In the fall of 2015, my colleagues at Boston University and I set out to find out how the Question Formulation Technique (QFT) impacts high school student outcomes, in particular curiosity, divergent thinking (creativity), school engagement, and self-efficacy. On the one hand, we were particularly interested in knowing whether teaching students to […]

Biography and Bioethics: 9th Graders Ask Questions about the Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

It all began with a question. For writer and journalist Rebecca Skloot, it was a question she asked as a high school student in a college biology lecture that launched her into a decades long research and writing process that eventually became the New York Times Bestseller, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. After a […]

“What would change in our community if no one judged?” 7th Graders Question Social Dynamics in Literature, and in Their Own Lives

How can teachers foster social awareness and empathy through student-generated questions? Teachers are often looking for new ways to build connections between course content and their students’ lives. In this classroom example, Erin Wynn, a 7th grade English Language Arts (ELA) teacher, used the Question Formulation Technique (QFT) to engage students at the start of […]

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 […]

@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   […]

The Question Formulation Technique in Action

Here’s a clip from a video showing Boston students actively using the QFT. For the full video walking through the whole process, watch on the Educator Network .

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 […]

Controversy as Catalyst for Questioning: Students Question the Rolling Stone Cover after Marathon Bombing

This Tuesday, our weekly post from the field comes from Matt Parrilli (on RQI Network @mparrilli), an English department chair in Illinois. Why do they make him look like a celebrity?” “Was the date and location of the bombing significant to him?” “What did his family do to fail him?” “Does where he comes from […]