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 […]

Three and Four Year Old Students Learning to Ask Their Own Questions

By: Lisa Bernadino, Kristen Harvey, Andrea Serino, Kristen Sasso, Donna Rosso, & Margaret Adams “In early childhood classrooms, science based lessons are something that are often done, but not as often explored by students,” shares Kristen Harvey, Pre-Kindergarten teacher at the Franklin. The Franklin Early Childhood Center, part of the Melrose Public Schools in Massachusetts, serves approximately 300 three […]

Video: The Question Formulation Technique in a High School Science Class

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 […]

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 […]

“What did people risk trying to get voting rights?”

Black history month is a great opportunity to celebrate the many accomplishments of Black Americans. It is also important to closely examine these accomplishments and their surrounding context. Black citizens’ voter registration rates were extremely low before the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Many southern states, including Mississippi, had procedures in place which institutionally oppressed Black […]

@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 […]

@RightQuestion Digest: The Question Formulation Technique (QFT) in Middle School

The Question Formulation Technique (QFT) in Middle School “How was space even created? O -> C Was space created by a gas nebula?” Monica Reilly (@DrMReilly1), an educator at Independence Middle School, Virginia Beach, VA, used the QFT in an eighth grade earth science class. Students developed their own questions about space exploration. The Question Focus […]

@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 […]

@RightQuestion Digest: Library of Congress Presentation, Students’ Questions about Literature, & More

Dan Rothstein Presenting at Library of Congress’ Online Conference On Tuesday, October 27th Right Question Institute co-director Dan Rothstein (@DanRothstein) will be presenting as a part of Library of Congress’ Teaching with Primary Sources online conference. Dan’s presentation, Teaching Students to Ask Their Own Questions, will be held from 5:00-6:00pm (EDT). If you are interested, […]

@RightQuestion Digest: The Question Formulation Technique (QFT) and Social Studies

Combating the “Erosion of Engagement” with the Question Formulation Technique In his blog post, Inquiry as Empowerment, Dr. David Bosso (@DavidBosso) discusses the steady “erosion of engagement” occurring in classrooms across the country. With students engaging less in their education as they get older, Dr. Bosso shares the importance of the Question Formulation Technique (QFT) for stimulating student engagement […]