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 […]
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 […]
The Question Formulation Technique (QFT) is being used in schools and districts across the United States. Educators use the QFT to promote student-centered learning and increase student engagement. In this video, students in David Meshoulam’s ninth grade physics class at Newton North High School (Massachusetts) go through the Question Formulation Technique process towards the end of a unit on […]
by Erica DeVoe The past three books I’ve read changed me. Actually, they defined me. No wait, they articulated what I’ve always known myself to be, but I had yet to articulate it for myself… and that, that is what saved me. Grant Lichtman’s The Falconer, Warren Berger’s A More Beautiful Question, and Santana and Rothstein’s […]
by Greg Graham How can we hold our students more accountable for their learning? This is a common question heard in schools today. We have asked this question many times in our own school. Are we asking the right question? Should we focus on student accountability or provide more opportunities for students to invest in […]
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 .
by Quentin Flokstra As a high school humanities teacher in a small school, I do a lot of projects. I like to foster in my students a quest to find interesting information and to understand the world that they live in. As such, I spent a lot of time talking to our librarian about best research […]
“Just curious” It’s a statement that has been near and dear to my heart for as long as I can remember. “Does life on other planets exist? Just curious.” “Is the Bible a real history book? Just curious.” “What was life like in the Americas before the Europeans arrived? Just curious.” A couple of years […]