The Question Formulation Technique (QFT) in Social Studies

Steps of the Question Formulation Technique (QFT) & Video Guide After logging in or signing up for the Educator Network, click here to download detailed steps of the QFT and links to video footage for corresponding steps. Questions, Frameworks, and Classrooms By John Lee, Kathy Swan, SG Grant, Dan Rothstein, and Luz Santana The College, […]

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 […]

Build Media Literacy Skills with the Question Formulation Technique

In an era of fake news, “fish gape,” Instagram selfies, and political Tweets, students need tools to navigate and analyze our media landscape. By learning to ask their own questions about media, and by using questions to engage in rigorous analysis, students can strengthen their ability to think critically about the media-saturated world around them. […]

My QFT Journey: Putting Students’ Minds into Motion with their Questions

by James Brewster I’m proud to serve as the U.S. History teacher at the Gus Garcia Young Men’s Leadership Academy in Austin, Texas, a 6th-8th grade, Title I campus. My students don’t always see themselves reflected in the subject I teach and don’t always feel like they have agency in their learning. With that in […]

Free Library of Congress Webinar: Questions are the Engines of Intellect

  The Right Question Institute will be presenting a free webinar, “Questions are the Engines of Intellect”: How to Stimulate Student Curiosity and Questions, on October 26th for the Library of Congress’ Online Conference: Discover and Explore with Library of Congress Primary Sources. Sign up for free today to learn how to use students’ questions for teaching with primary sources, and read […]

St. Patrick Expelling the Snakes from Ireland: Using the QFT During Question Week

By Joshua Beer I have been enjoying Question Week and the extra reason to focus on students generating their own questions. We have used the Question Formulation Technique (QFT) all week in my classes, along with a few components of Project Zero’s Artful Thinking. Here is one example of a QFT I used. The Question Focus […]

Lincoln, Power, and the Question Formulation Technique (QFT)

By Daniel Fouts Where was the Question Formulation Technique (QFT) 23 years ago? When I began teaching social studies in 1993, I relied on teacher-generated questions to frame my government curriculum. After first reading about the QFT in the September/ October 2011 edition of the Harvard Education Letter, I changed the way I teach. I […]

@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 — Mary Ellen Daneels (@wego_civics) February 6, 2016   […]

@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 […]

Video: The QFT and “Summative Assessment”

We are excited to present a great video demonstrating innovative use of the Question Formulation Technique (QFT) for summative assessment purposes. Joshua Beer’s students in his 8th grade class in a rural New Hampshire community do brilliant work working with this Question Focus as they come to the end of a unit of study: Questions […]