July’s Harvard course: ‘flexibility’ with the QFT
One thing educators gain from our online course with Harvard is an expanded sense of what the Question Formulation Technique can do.
As Jennifer Brickey, a teacher-librarian who already had experience using the QFT, wrote after taking the course, “I realize now that the QFT has more flexibility,” and, “I learned the importance and value of remixing the QFT to keep students engaged with questioning and to open up fresh opportunities for questions.”
The course, Teaching Students to Ask Their Own Questions: Best Practices in the Question Formulation Technique, starts on July 11, and the deadline to register is June 30.
Read Brickey’s post: Remixing the Question Formulation Technique: Four Explorations and Revelations.
‘Test tube tomatoes’ and questions
Retro Report, a nonprofit education and news organization, produces video-based classroom resources to engage students. A recent lesson plan covers the topic of genetically modified foods, and it uses the Question Formulation Technique as a way for students to begin thinking like documentary filmmakers. As part of the lesson, students ask questions about a 2013 documentary covering the first mass-market genetically engineered tomato — and how the film should be updated to reflect new developments over the last decade.
Here are some other QFT lesson plans that might interest you:
- Factory farming, sustainability, and the food industry (high school ESL 4 lesson)
- Melting glaciers (high school science lesson)
Learn on your own time with these self-paced modules
Spanish-language resources for social services
- Question Formulation Technique (QFT) – Build the Skill of Asking Your Own Questions
- Voice in Decisions Technique (VIDT) – Have a Voice in Decisions That Affect You
Here are some upcoming opportunities to learn with us:
July 11-31: Teaching Students to Ask Their Own Questions: Best Practices in the Question Formulation Technique. Registration deadline: June 30
Sept. 12-Oct. 2: Questions at the Core: Extending the Question Formulation Technique to Sustain an Inquiry-based Culture in Schools. Registration deadline: September 1.
What we’re reading
Here are some recent stories that caught our attention:
Writing for change in the A.I. era — Hispanic Outlook on Education Magazine
TEACHER VOICE: In real life, ‘Abbott Elementary’ wouldn’t have many seasons — The Hechinger Report
When should you let your kid quit? — KQED MindShift
If the teacher does all the talking, who’s doing the learning? — Classroom Q&A with Larry Ferlazzo, Education Week
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