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How do we engage students and encourage them to take ownership over their learning?

What can we do to help students learn more, produce new ideas and generate creative solutions?

Teach students to produce their own questions, improve their questions and strategize on how to use them!

The skill of question asking is far too rarely deliberately taught in school. In fact, students typically hit their question-asking peak around the age of 4 and their question asking dramatically declines shortly after they enter the classroom.

Slide-Students Stop Asking Questions

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Data Sources: NCES and various studies on questioning in children

We have worked with and learned from educators to develop a teaching strategy that provides a simple, yet powerful way to get students asking their own questions and building off their peers’ questions. Join this group of educators who are deliberately teaching their students to use a simple, yet highly sophisticated technology called the Question Formulation Technique™ (QFT™).

As their students learn to ask their own questions they become more engaged, take greater ownership of their learning and learn more deeply than ever before. Read more from educators have shared their experience with this in our Tuesday blog series.

Just when you think you know all that you need to know, you ask another question and discover how much more there is to learn.
– Sixth grade student, J.L. Stanford Middle School, Palo Alto, CA

I learned that asking questions is the best way to know what’s going on, that when when you ask your own questions you can actually learn more and that asking questions can be just as important as a teacher asking a question.
– High School Students, Boston Public Schools

Teachers are passionate about the value of the QFT for their students.

I see that knowing how to ask questions is what I’d like my students to do, but I never had a process before for doing it.
– Laurie Gaughran, High School teacher New York City Public Schools.

My second-graders are like sponges with this…if we start the process earlier, it is much easier for them to do when they get older.
– Julie Grimm, Second grade teacher, Hagerstown, MD


Educators can access the QFT in several ways:
  1. JOIN our Educators’ Network and download free resources to learn the strategy and teach it to others.
  2. READ our book Make Just One Change: Teach Students to Ask Their Own Questions  (Harvard Education Press: 2011) for a full explanation of the QFT and many examples of classroom use that show the impact on both students and teachers.
  3. PARTICIPATE in our summer seminars and other Right Question Institute-sponsored events and professional learning opportunities for educators.
  4. LEARN with us via special trainings, webinars and consultations on the use of the QFT and the shift in practice, for both educator and student, needed in order to implement it effectively.